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Why Economists Should Conduct Field Experiments and 14 Tips for Pulling One Off

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  • John A. List

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In this introduction to the symposium, I first offer an overview of the spectrum of experimental methods in economics, from laboratory experiments to the field experiments that are the subject of this symposium. I then offer some thoughts about the potential gains from doing economic research using field experiments and my own mental checklist of 14 steps to improve the chances of carrying out an economics field experiment successfully.

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  • John A. List, 2011. "Why Economists Should Conduct Field Experiments and 14 Tips for Pulling One Off," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 25(3), pages 3-16, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:25:y:2011:i:3:p:3-16
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.25.3.3
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    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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