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Handbook of Experimental Economic Methodology$
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Guillaume R. Fréchette and Andrew Schotter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328325.001.0001

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On the Generalizability of Experimental Results in Economics

On the Generalizability of Experimental Results in Economics

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(p.420) 20 On the Generalizability of Experimental Results in Economics
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Handbook of Experimental Economic Methodology
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Omar Al-Ubaydli

John A. List

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328325.003.0022

This study provides an overview of experimental methods in economics, with a special focus on developing an economic theory of generalizability. Given that field experiments are in their infancy, our secondary focus pertains to a discussion of the various parameters that they identify, and how they add to scientific knowledge. This chapter concludes that until more field experiments that build a bridge between the lab and the naturally occurring settings of interest can be conducted, empirically strong conclusions cannot be made on the crucial question of generalizability from the lab to the field. This chapter also responds to the discussion presented in this section.

Keywords:   experimental economics, identification, selection, generalizability

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