On the autonomy of experiments in economics

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)391
    Number of pages407
    JournalJournal of Economic Methodology
    Volume15
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Autonomy
    • Experiments
    • External validity
    • Theory testing

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    On the autonomy of experiments in economics

    Jones, M. K., 2006, University of Dundee, (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; no. 194).

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