Experiments, Surveys and the Use of Representative Samples as Reference Data

14 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2010

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Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

Bettina Sonnenberg

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

During the last two decades, laboratory experiments have come into increasing prominence and constitute a popular method of research to examine behavioral outcomes and social preferences. However, it has been debated whether results from these experiments can be extrapolated to the real world and whether, for example, sample selection into the experiment might constitute a major shortcoming of this methodology. This note discusses potential benefits of combining experimental methods and representative datasets as a means to overcome some of the limitations of lab experiments. We also outline how large representative surveys can serve as reference data for researchers collecting their own datasets in order to explore potential sample selection biases.

Keywords: Experiments, Survey, Representativity

JEL Classification: C01, C52, C8, C9, D0, D6, D81, D84

Suggested Citation

Siedler, Thomas and Sonnenberg, Bettina, Experiments, Surveys and the Use of Representative Samples as Reference Data (May 1, 2010). RatSWD Working Paper No. 146. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1639987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1639987

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 9
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

DIW Berlin ( email )

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

University of Essex ( email )

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Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Bettina Sonnenberg (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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