The Challenge of Representative Design in Psychology and Economics

UPF Working Paper No. 751

18 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2004

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Robin M. Hogarth

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences

Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

The demands of representative design, as formulated by Egon Brunswik (1956), set a high methodological standard. Both experimental participants and the situations with which they are faced should be representative of the populations to which researchers claim to generalize results. Failure to observe the latter has led to notable experimental failures in psychology from which economics could learn. It also raises questions about the meaning of testing economic theories in 'abstract' environments. Logically, abstract tests can only be generalized to 'abstract realities' and these may or may not have anything to do with the 'empirical realities' experienced by economic actors.

Keywords: Experiments, representative design, sampling

JEL Classification: B41

Suggested Citation

Hogarth, Robin M., The Challenge of Representative Design in Psychology and Economics (May 2004). UPF Working Paper No. 751, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=563366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.563366

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