Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93907
Authors: 
Englmaier, Florian
Gebhardt, Georg
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper 344
Abstract: 
We run a public good experiment in the field and in the lab with (partly) the same subjects. The field experiment is a true natural field experiment as subjects do not know that they are exposed to an experimental variation. We can show that subjects' behavior in the classic lab public good experiment correlates with their behavior in the structurally comparable public good treatment in the field but not with behavior in any of two control treatments we ran in the field. This effect is also economically significant. We conclude that a) the classic lab public good experiment captures important aspects of structurally equivalent real life situations and b) that behavior in lab and field at least in our setting is driven by the same underlying forces.
Subjects: 
Field and Lab Experiments
External Validity
Public Goods
Team Production
JEL: 
C91
C93
D01
D64
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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