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Do students behave like adults? Evidence from valuation experiments

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  • Kelly Maguire
  • Laura Taylor
  • Shiferaw Gurmu

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The use of convenience samples in experimental economics has long been the standard practice. However, little evidence exists regarding behavioural differences between students and adults in contingent valuation experiments using a payment mechanism other than a referendum vote. Evidence is provided that students do in fact behave in a manner similar to adults using an open-ended willingness to pay payment question.

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  • Kelly Maguire & Laura Taylor & Shiferaw Gurmu, 2003. "Do students behave like adults? Evidence from valuation experiments," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(12), pages 753-756.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:10:y:2003:i:12:p:753-756 DOI: 10.1080/1350485032000138395
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