Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences

6 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011

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Arie Kapteyn

Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research - University of Southern California; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 8, 2010

Abstract

I propose to build an advanced data collection environment for the social sciences that maximizes opportunities for innovation, and is fast, cost effective, and easy for everyone in the scientific community to use. The core of this “laboratory” is a representative panel of households in the United States who have agreed to be available for regular interviews over the Internet. The Internet panel is representative in the sense that respondent recruitment is based on a probability sample. Internet access will not be a prerequisite for participation in the panel. If a respondent does not have Internet access at the time of recruitment into the panel, he or she will be provided with a laptop and broadband access. The laboratory will incorporate and pioneer new forms of data collection - including, but not limited to, smartphones, self-administered measurement devices for the collection of biomarkers, experience sampling, web cameras, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, accelerometers to measure physical activity, and eye tracking equipment.

Suggested Citation

Kapteyn, Arie, Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences (October 8, 2010). American Economic Association, Ten Years and Beyond: Economists Answer NSF's Call for Long-Term Research Agendas, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1889312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1889312

Arie Kapteyn (Contact Author)

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