Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36861
Authors: 
Charness, Gary
Kuhn, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 4941
Abstract: 
This paper surveys the contributions of laboratory experiments to labor economics. We begin with a discussion of methodological issues: why (and when) is a lab experiment the best approach; how do laboratory experiments compare to field experiments; and what are the main design issues? We then summarize the substantive contributions of laboratory experiments to our understanding of principal-agent interactions, social preferences, union-firm bargaining, arbitration, gender differentials, discrimination, job search, and labor markets more generally.
Subjects: 
Labor economics
laboratory experiments
principal-agent theory
personnel economics
JEL: 
C9
J0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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