Against applicability: a critique of Guala’s methodology of experimental economics

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    Abstract

    The methodology of experimental economics has developed rapidly over the last ten years with many exciting debates within the field. One of the main contributors to this debate has been Guala who has written several articles and a well- received book on the subject. This paper argues that, while much of what he argues is correct, his views on external validity are not justified and the conclusions which he draws from these views could fatally undermine the experimental economics enterprise. In rejecting the justification of these views, the paper reaffirms the importance of the experiments in economics.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    No.205
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X

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    Methodology
    Experimental economics
    Economics
    Experiment
    External validity
    Justification

    Keywords

    • Experiments
    • External validity
    • Applicability

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    Jones, M. K. (2007). Against applicability: a critique of Guala’s methodology of experimental economics. (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; No. 205). University of Dundee.
    Jones, Martin K. / Against applicability: a critique of Guala’s methodology of experimental economics. University of Dundee, 2007. (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; 205).
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