The Power of App-Based Experiments
49 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2021 Last revised: 24 Aug 2022
Date Written: August 23, 2022
We elicit and compare behaviors in the laboratory and on a smartphone application that we programmed for this purpose. Participants are selected from the same pool of university students and are subject to the same incentives. Behavior is similar across samples in measures of attitudes towards risk, effort, cognitive ability, strategic reasoning, trust, and lying aversion. Additionally, participants show comparable beliefs about the actions of the other players. We also find quantitative differences: subjects using the app are more generous in the dictator game, faster, and less consistent. These findings show the potential of using smartphone applications to organize experiments, and highlight how a clear and simple interface is important in this environment.
Keywords: Experimental Economics, Laboratory Experiments, Smartphone Applications
JEL Classification: C90, C91
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