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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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The Interplay Between Theory and Experiments

The Interplay Between Theory and Experiments

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(p.132) 6 The Interplay Between Theory and Experiments
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Handbook of Experimental Economic Methodology
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Leeat Yariv

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328325.003.0007

This chapter assesses the interplay between theory and experiments using data on publications and microeconomics faculty in three representative years: 1998, 2003, and 2008. Regarding publications, the percentage of experimental papers have not changed significantly at the top general interest journals, but increased substantially within the top field journals. Regarding the researchers’ profiles, experimentalists and theorists have similar characteristics. Experimentalists do seem slightly more connected, and well-published theorists (namely, those publishing in the top journals) are slightly better placed in terms of the ranking of the school they are affiliated with. Theorists and experimentalists do interact. In fact, there is a dramatic increase in the recent volume of theorists dabbling in experiments.

Keywords:   economic theory, experimental economics, microeconomics, theorists, experimentalists

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