So you want to run an experiment, now what? Some simple rules of thumb for optimal experimental design

John A. List, Sally Sadoff, Mathis Wagner

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Abstract

Experimental economics represents a strong growth industry. In the past several decades the method has expanded beyond intellectual curiosity, now meriting consideration alongside the other more traditional empirical approaches used in economics. Accompanying this growth is an influx of new experimenters who are in need of straightforward direction to make their designs more powerful. This study provides several simple rules of thumb that researchers can apply to improve the efficiency of their experimental designs. We buttress these points by including empirical examples from the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-457
Number of pages19
JournalExperimental Economics
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Experimental design

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