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Experimental economics and the artificiality of alteration

Bardsley, N. (2005) Experimental economics and the artificiality of alteration. Journal of Economic Methodology, 12 (2). pp. 239-251. ISSN 1469-942

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A neglected critique of social science laboratories alleges that they implement phenomena different to those supposedly under investigation. The critique purports to be conceptual and so invulnerable to a technical solution. I argue that it undermines some economics designs seeking to implement features of real societies, and counsels more modesty in experimental write‐ups. It also constitutes a plausible argument that laboratory economics experiments are necessarily less demonstrative than natural scientific ones. More radical sceptical conclusions are unwarranted.

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Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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