Lab-in-the-Field Experiments: Perspectives from Research on Gender

36 Pages Posted: 10 May 2021

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Lata Gangadharan

Monash University

Tarun Jain

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Pushkar Maitra

Monash University - Department of Economics

Joe Vecci

Gothenburg University

Date Written: May 7, 2021

Abstract

This paper highlights the contributions made by lab-in-the-field experiments, which are also known as artefactual, framed and extra-lab experiments. We present a curated sample of lab-in-the-field experiments and discuss how they can be conducted on their own or combined with conventional laboratory experiments, natural experiments, randomised control trials and surveys to provide unique insights into the behaviour of a diverse population. Using our recent research on gender and leadership, we demonstrate how lab-in-the-field experiments have offered new perspectives about gender differences in decision-making. Finally, we outline the ethical and implementational challenges researchers may face while conducting these experiments, and share some of the strategies we employed to address them

Keywords: Lab-in-the-field experiments, Gender, RCTs, Leadership

JEL Classification: J16, C90

Suggested Citation

Gangadharan, Lata and Jain, Tarun and Maitra, Pushkar and Vecci, Joe, Lab-in-the-Field Experiments: Perspectives from Research on Gender (May 7, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3841310 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3841310

Lata Gangadharan

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Tarun Jain

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Pushkar Maitra

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Joe Vecci (Contact Author)

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