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Are experimental economists prone to framing effects? A natural field experiment

  • Gächter, Simon
  • Orzen, Henrik
  • Renner, Elke
  • Starmer, Chris

An extensive literature demonstrates the existence of framing effects in the laboratory and in questionnaire studies. This paper reports new evidence from a natural field experiment using a subject pool one might expect to be particularly resistant to such effects: experimental economists. We find that while the behaviour of junior experimental economists is affected by the description of the decision task they face, this is not the case for the more senior members of our subject pool.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 70 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 443-446

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:70:y:2009:i:3:p:443-446
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