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Who is Coming to the Experiment? A Cautionary Tale from China

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  • Elaine Liu

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    (University of Houston)

  • Paul Frijters

    (University of Queensland)

  • Tao Sherry Kong

    (Peking University)

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We compare the characteristics and regression coefficients between the participants in a field experiment in China and the survey population from which they were recruited. The experimental participants were more educated, younger, more likely to be male, more risk-loving and work fewer hours than the more general population. The estimates of their regression coefficients in the standard analyses of wages, happiness and entrepreneurship differed significantly from non-participants, indicating that inferences drawn from experimental samples may not hold for more representative groups of the population.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Houston in its series Working Papers with number 201309854.

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Date of creation: 08 Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hou:wpaper:201309854

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Keywords: Field experiment; China;

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  1. Corrado Giulietti & Guangjie Ning & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2012. "Self-employment of rural-to-urban migrants in China," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 33(1), pages 96-117, June.
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  1. Working paper on Chinese experiments
    by ? in Core Economics on 2013-07-11 06:50:00
  2. Who is Coming to the Experiment?
    by UDADISI in UDADISI on 2013-04-22 12:35:00
  3. In which your lab experiment might not be entirely representative
    by Matt in Aid Thoughts on 2013-04-22 15:45:02
  4. Working paper on Chinese experiments
    by Paul Frijters in Core Economics on 2013-07-11 05:50:49
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  1. Elaine M. Liu & Juanjuan Meng & Joseph Tao-yi Wang, 2013. "Confucianism and Preferences: Evidence from Lab Experiments in Taiwan and China," NBER Working Papers 19615, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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