A Reproduction and Replication of Engel's Meta-Study of Dictator Game Experiments
51 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 4, 2012
In this paper, we reproduce Engel’s (2011) meta-study of dictator game experiments using his data, and then replicate it using our own data. We find that Engel’s (2011) meta-study of dictator game experiments is quite robust. We show that meta-analyses of dictator game experiments depend to an extent on the definition of independent variables and consistent coding of studies. This insight pertains in particular to the take-option, which has produced important questions (Bardsley 2008; List 2007; Guala and Mittone 2010) about the epistemological inferences one can draw from dictator game experiments.
Keywords: dictator game experiments, meta-analysis, meta-regression, reproduction, replication
JEL Classification: C24, C91, D03
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