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 evidence. Therefore, it is argued, experiments are intermediaries between theories and field evidence. In this paper it is proposed 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 evidence.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X


    • Autonomy
    • Experiments
    • External validity
    • Theory testing

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