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On the autonomy of experiments in economics

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Most methodological discussion in experimental economics has been pursued by justifying the use of experiments as theory-testing vehicles. More recently, it has also been argued that the external validity of experiments requires the use of non-experimental field studies. Therefore, it has been proposed, experiments are intermediaries between theories and field evidence. In this paper it is argued that this picture of experiments is mistaken in the general case and that experiments can be justifiably undertaken as autonomous vehicles of discovery, independently of theory-testing or field studies.

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  • Martin Jones, 2008. "On the autonomy of experiments in economics," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(4), pages 391-407.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:15:y:2008:i:4:p:391-407
    DOI: 10.1080/13501780802507230
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    1. Daniel John Zizzo, 2012. "Inducing natural group identity: A RDP analysis," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 12-01, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
    2. Zizzo, Daniel John, 2013. "Claims and confounds in economic experiments," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 186-195.

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