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Inducing Natural Group Identity: A RDP Analysis

13 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2012  

Daniel John Zizzo

BENC and Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University

Date Written: January 3, 2012

Abstract

A relevance, distinctiveness and plausibility (RDP) analysis is a conceptual framework that can be used to identify when potential confounds are a problem for interpreting experimental results. We illustrate this analysis using the creation or enhancement of natural group identity by the means of priming manipulations as employed in the experiments of five target papers. Such priming manipulations may lead to experimenter demand effects and may spuriously induce behavior change. Using a RDP analysis, we show how these potential confounds are likely to be problematic for all but one of the target papers.

Keywords: confounds, objectives, economic experiments, group identity, natural groups, priming

JEL Classification: B41, C90, D03

Suggested Citation

Zizzo, Daniel John, Inducing Natural Group Identity: A RDP Analysis (January 3, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1978903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1978903

Daniel John Zizzo (Contact Author)

BENC and Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University ( email )

United Kingdom

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