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Title:Experiments, surveys and the use of representative samples as reference data PDF Logo
Authors:Siedler, Thomas
Sonnenberg, Bettina
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working Paper Series des Rates für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten 146
Abstract:During the last two decades, laboratory experiments have come into increasingprominence and constitute a popular method of research to examine behavioral outcomes and social preferences. However, it has been debated whether results from these experiments can be extrapolated to the real world and whether, for example, sample selection into the experiment might constitute a major shortcoming of this methodology. This note discusses potential benefits of combining experimental methods and representative datasets as a means to overcome some of the limitations of lab experiments. We also outline how large representative surveys can serve as reference data for researchers collecting their own datasets in order to explore potential sample selection biases.
Subjects:experiments
survey
representativity
JEL:C01
C52
C8
C9
D0
D6
D81
D84
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:RatSWD Working Paper Series, Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD)
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