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  • Pablo Guillen

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    (The University of Sydney)

  • Róbert F. Veszteg

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    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Abstract

Experimental subjects usually self-select to the laboratory and this may introduce a bias to the derived conclusions. We analyze data stored by a subject-pool management software at an experimental laboratory and speculate about the e ect of individual decisions on returning. In particular, we test whether experience and earnings in previous sessions together with demographic variables explain the decision to return to the laboratory. We nd that males and (in monetary terms) well-performing subjects are more likely to participate again in experiments.

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Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series ThE Papers with number 09/11.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 20 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:09/11

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Keywords: demographic characteristics; experiments; subject pool;

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  1. Glenn Harrison & Morten Lau & Elisabet Rutstrom, 2005. "Risk attitudes, randomization to treatment, and self-selection into experiments," Artefactual Field Experiments 00061, The Field Experiments Website.
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  1. Biases from returnees in experimental economics
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-03-15 14:20:00

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