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Record number 417726
Title Exploring whether behavior in context-free experiments is predictive of behavior in the field: Evidence from lab and field experiments in rural Sierra Leone
Author(s) Voors, M.J.; Turley, T.; Kontoleon, A.; Bulte, E.H.; List, J.
Source Economics Letters 114 (2012)3. - ISSN 0165-1765 - p. 308 - 311.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2011.10.016
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) measuring social preferences
Abstract We use a sample of subsistence farmers in Sierra Leone as respondents to compare behavior in a context-free experiment (a standard public goods game) and behavior in the field (a real development intervention). There is no meaningful correlation in behavior across contexts. This casts doubt on the prospect of using lab experiments as ‘‘predictors’’ of behavior in real life.
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