Which Deceptive Practices, If Any, Should Be Allowed in Experimental Economics Research? Results from Surveys of Applied Experimental Economists and Students

12 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020

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Gregory Colson

University of Georgia

Jay R. Corrigan

Kenyon College - Department of Economics

Carola Grebitus

Arizona State University (ASU)

maria loureiro

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Matthew C. Rousu

Susquehanna University

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

Deceptive experimental practices are banned in some professions but are standard in others. Recently, the journals of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association introduced guidelines that allow researchers to publish articles that use some forms of deception. However, in their present form, these guidelines leave room for interpretation. This situation is not ideal for researchers, and a clearer definition of which deceptive practices should be banned could be beneficial. Our aim is to help provide greater clarity and potential guidance for journal policies regarding deception by using the results of surveys of both researcher and student subjects. Evaluating ten potentially deceptive experimental techniques, we find consistent support for banning certain practices while allowing others.

Keywords: Deception, economic experiments, ethics, experimental auctions, institutional review boards

Suggested Citation

Colson, Gregory and Corrigan, Jay R. and Grebitus, Carola and loureiro, maria and Rousu, Matthew C., Which Deceptive Practices, If Any, Should Be Allowed in Experimental Economics Research? Results from Surveys of Applied Experimental Economists and Students (March 2016). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 98, Issue 2, pp. 610-621, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3575917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aav067

Gregory Colson (Contact Author)

University of Georgia

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United States

Jay R. Corrigan

Kenyon College - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States
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Carola Grebitus

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

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Maria Loureiro

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Matthew C. Rousu

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA 17870
United States

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