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dc.contributor.authorFalk, Arminen_US
dc.contributor.authorHeckman, James Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-27en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-14T08:22:03Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-14T08:22:03Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/30553-
dc.description.abstractLaboratory experiments are a widely used methodology for advancing causal knowledge in the physical and life sciences. With the exception of psychology, the adoption of laboratory experiments has been much slower in the social sciences, although during the last two decades, the use of lab experiments has accelerated. Nonetheless, there remains considerable resistance among social scientists who argue that lab experiments lack ‘realism’ and ‘generalizability’. In this article we discuss the advantages and limitations of laboratory social science experiments by comparing them to research based on non-experimental data and to field experiments. We argue that many recent objections against lab experiments are misguided and that even more lab experiments should be conducted.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCESifo Münchenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working paper 2894en_US
dc.subject.jelC90en_US
dc.subject.jelC91en_US
dc.subject.jelC92en_US
dc.subject.jelC93en_US
dc.subject.jelD00en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordlaboratory experimentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordfield experimentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcontrolled variationen_US
dc.titleLab experiments are a major source of knowledge in the social sciencesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn617263477en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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