Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222116
Authors: 
Fischer, Mira
Grewenig, Elisabeth
Lergetporer, Philipp
Werner, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper No. 219
Abstract: 
Randomized experiments are often viewed as the "gold standard" of scientific evidence but people's scepticism towards experiments has compromised their viability in the past. We study preferences for experimental policy evaluations in a representative survey in Germany (N>1,900). We find that a majority of 75% supports the idea of small-scale evaluations of policies before enacting them at a large scale. Experimentally varying whether the evaluations are explicitly described as "experiments" has a precisely estimated overall zero effect on public support. Our results indicate political leeway for experimental policy evaluation, a practice that is still uncommon in Germany.
Subjects: 
experiment aversion
policy experimentation
education
JEL: 
I28
H40
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
562.32 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.