A Sharp Test of the Portability of Expertise
45 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2015 Last revised: 19 Aug 2018
Date Written: February 6, 2018
To what extent does expertise depend on context? We observe professionals perform a task that is logically isomorphic to — but contextually distinct from — a familiar task in which they are skilled. We find that performance plummets when contextual cues disappear, suggesting that the expertise we observe on the familiar task is more heuristic than conceptual and does not travel far.
Keywords: expertise, field vs. lab, probabilistic judgment
JEL Classification: D81, C91, C93
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