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Incentives and Random Answers in Post-Experimental Questionnaires

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  • Lisa Bruttel
  • Irenaeus Wolff

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Post-experimental questionnaires are becoming increasingly important in experimental research in economics. Yet, the question of how these questionnaires should be administered remains largely up to the individual researcher. In this paper, we focus on two aspects of the design and evaluation of questionnaire data. First, we present a procedure that can help researchers to identify careless answers ex post. Second, we provide recommendations on how a questionnaire should be set up ex ante in order to maximize answer quality.

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  • Lisa Bruttel & Irenaeus Wolff, 2018. "Incentives and Random Answers in Post-Experimental Questionnaires," TWI Research Paper Series 110, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz.
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    Experimental economics; methods; survey; payment procedures;

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