From Locality to Continent: A Comment on the Generalization of an Experimental Study

22 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2011 Last revised: 25 Apr 2012

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Kenju Kamei

Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance

Date Written: December 1, 2011

Abstract

Kocher et al. (2008) find that conditional willingness to contribute to a public good is considerably stronger at a U.S. research site, Appalachian State University, than at sites in Europe and Asia. I find that the willingness at Brown University, in Rhode Island, is not significantly different from that in Europe and Asia in Kocher et al. (2008). Clear evidence on significantly different demographic statistics between these two U.S. research sites is provided. This implies that in the experimental study of societies, or more generally in empirical studies, we need exercise care to generalize from results at a specific research site to geographically broader conclusions.

Keywords: cooperation, experiment, public goods, social dilemma

JEL Classification: H41, C91

Suggested Citation

Kamei, Kenju, From Locality to Continent: A Comment on the Generalization of an Experimental Study (December 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1752566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1752566

Kenju Kamei (Contact Author)

Durham University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Durham, DH1 3HY
United Kingdom

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