Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108725
Authors: 
Frijters, Paul
Kong, Tao Sherry
Liu, Elaine M.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8843
Abstract: 
In this paper, we compare participants in an artefactual field experiment in urban China with the survey population of migrants from which they were recruited. The experimental participants were more educated, more likely to lend money to friends, and worked fewer hours than the general population. They differ significantly from non-participants in terms of regression coefficients, such as the effects of wealth and marital status on the probability of being self-employed and distance migrated. We thus find that there was selection into our experiments on the basis of both observable characteristics and on unobserved differences in behavioral relations.
Subjects: 
artefactual field experiment
participation bias
rural migrants
JEL: 
C81
C93
C90
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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