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Incentives for subjects in internet experiments

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  • Duersch, Peter
  • Oechssler, Jörg
  • Schipper, Burkhard C.

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Providing incentives to subjects in internet experiments can be tricky. One simple method is a high score (as in computer games). We test whether high scores provide adequate incentives in comparison to the usual performance based incentives. We find significant differences.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 120-122

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:1:p:120-122

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Keywords: Incentives Experiments Internet High score;

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  1. Emmanuel PETIT (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113) & Anna TCHERKASSOF (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Psychologie. Personnalité, Cognition et Changement Social (LIP/PC2S), Université Pierre Mendès France) , 2012. "Sincere Giving and Shame in a Dictator Game," Cahiers du GREThA 2012-25, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
  2. Vinogradov, Dmitri & Shadrina, Elena, 2013. "Non-monetary incentives in online experiments," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(3), pages 306-310.
  3. Holst, Gesa Sophie & Mußhoff, Oliver & Dörschner, Till, 2013. "Abschätzung der Politikfolgen eines Belohnungs- und Bestrafungsszenarios zur Förderung des Blühstreifenanbaus – ein Framed Field Experiment," 53rd Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 25-27, 2013 156114, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).

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