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Incentives for subjects in internet experiments

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

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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