Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56880
Authors: 
Levati, Maria Vittoria
Miettinen, Topi
Rai, Birendra K.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2010,090
Abstract: 
The existing literature acknowledges that a mismatch between the experimenter's and the subjects' models of an experimental task can adversely affect the interpretation of data from laboratory experiments. We discuss why the two common experimental designs (between-subjects and within-subjects) used to conduct experiments may fail to sufficiently account for this concern. An alternative design for laboratory experiments is proposed which may alleviate this concern especially in studies of social preferences. The proposed design is used to answer some questions that have attracted continued attention in the literature on social preferences in general and reciprocity in particular.
Subjects: 
experimental design
context
trust game
JEL: 
C70
C90
D63
D64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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