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Who is Coming to the Experiment? A Cautionary Tale from China

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  • Elaine Liu

    () (University of Houston)

  • Paul Frijters

    (University of Queensland)

  • Tao Sherry Kong

    (Peking University)

Abstract

We compare the characteristics and regression coefficients between the participants in a field experiment in China and the survey population from which they were recruited. The experimental participants were more educated, younger, more likely to be male, more risk-loving and work fewer hours than the more general population. The estimates of their regression coefficients in the standard analyses of wages, happiness and entrepreneurship differed significantly from non-participants, indicating that inferences drawn from experimental samples may not hold for more representative groups of the population.

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  • Elaine Liu & Paul Frijters & Tao Sherry Kong, 2013. "Who is Coming to the Experiment? A Cautionary Tale from China," Working Papers 201309854, Department of Economics, University of Houston.
  • Handle: RePEc:hou:wpaper:201309854
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    1. Corrado Giulietti & Guangjie Ning & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2012. "Self-employment of rural-to-urban migrants in China," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 33(1), pages 96-117, March.
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    1. Working paper on Chinese experiments
      by ? in Core Economics on 2013-07-11 11:50:00
    2. Who is Coming to the Experiment?
      by UDADISI in UDADISI on 2013-04-22 17:35:00
    3. In which your lab experiment might not be entirely representative
      by Matt in Aid Thoughts on 2013-04-22 20:45:02
    4. Working paper on Chinese experiments
      by Paul Frijters in Core Economics on 2013-07-11 10:50:49

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    1. Liu, Elaine M. & Meng, Juanjuan & Wang, Joseph Tao-yi, 2014. "Confucianism and preferences: Evidence from lab experiments in Taiwan and China," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 106-122.

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    Field experiment; China;

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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General

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