Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Experimental Economics
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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Experimental Economics

Edited by Arthur Schram and Aljaž Ule

This volume offers a comprehensive review of experimental methods in economics. Its 21 chapters cover theoretical and practical issues such as incentives, theory and policy development, data analysis, recruitment, software and laboratory organization. The Handbook includes separate parts on procedures, field experiments and neuroeconomics, and provides the first methodological overview of replication studies and a novel set-valued equilibrium concept. As a whole, the combination of basic methods and current developments will aid both beginners and advanced experimental economists.
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Chapter 2: Deception

Andreas Ortmann


An important difference between the traditions of experimentation in economics and psychology is that experimental economics has essentially banned the use of deception in laboratory experimental designs. There is, however, disagreement as to what constitutes “deception.” For example, it is generally considered acceptable to divide a group of participants into “matching groups” without telling them so. In this chapter, I discuss various forms of deception, the pros and cons of using them, and the experimental evidence on their effects. I also discuss the extent to which traditional objections to the use of deception in laboratory experiments carry over to field experiments.

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