Research Agenda in Experimental Economics

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This adventurous collection samples widely from interesting domains of economics experiments. It touches all the important themes in why lab control is so extraordinarily useful for understanding general economic principles, and what we can look forward to.

Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics; Director, T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience, Caltech

This collection of articles in behavioral economics spans many of the exciting directions in which behavioral economics advances our understanding of human behavior. It serves simultaneously as a great introduction to the topic and a fantastic guide for future directions.

Uri Gneezy, Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics; Professor of Economics and Strategic Management, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego

Ananish Chaudhuri has brought together an impressive collection of articles by leading scholars, exemplary in both breadth and depth of coverage. The book highlights the central role experiments play in contemporary economic research, and will leave readers inspired to bring experimental economics to their own research agendas.

Dan Houser, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics and Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, George Mason University; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization; Former Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics

This is a very exciting book. It covers topics of experiments in economics that are quite well-known to the field, but also newer areas such as entrepreneurship, neuroeconomics, sleep deprivation, or political ideology. Both experienced researchers and researchers that are not familiar with the experimental approach will find a lot of interesting material, thought-provoking results, and detailed information about study designs. The book speaks to economists and other social scientists as well. The authors are top researchers in their areas.

Martin Kocher, Director, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna; Professor in Economics, University of Vienna; Former Co-Editor, Journal of Economic Psychology

An exciting potpourri of papers nicely illustrating the range of contemporary research being done with the still-emerging toolkit of experimental economics, this volume is edited with a keen eye towards fundamental issues of methodology, and with a bias towards societally important topics. Chaudhuri is to be commended for bringing together a great set of contributors and providing his own uniquely thoughtful insights in the introduction.

Louis Putterman, Professor of Economics, Brown University

While experimental economics has been around for more than half a century its usefulness is still underappreciated. This book aims to demonstrate the potential of experiments in a wide variety of applications from the study of norms to environmental issues,  gender, politics and law. As such,  the book lays out the versatility of the experimental method  and its policy relevance. With chapters written by experts in each area the book should be a must read for those interested in expanding their analytical and policy toolkits. I strongly recommend it.  

Andrew Schotter, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Experimental Social Science., New York University

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the volume; Ananish Chaudhuri [Read the introduction.]
  • Section I
  • Chapter 2: An Informational Framework for Studying Social Norms; James Tremewan and Alexander Vostroknutov
  • Chapter 3: Experiments in Law and Economics; Alice Guerra
  • Chapter 4: Complying with Environmental Regulations: Experimental Evidence; Tim Cason, Lana Friesen and Lata Gangadharan
  • Chapter 5: Behavioural Characteristics, Stability of Preferences and Entrepreneurial Success; Pushkar Maitra and Ananta Neelim
  • Chapter 6: Experimental Evidence on Behavioural Nudges in Health; John Gibson
  • Section II
  • Chapter 7: The Gender Leadership Gap: Insights from Experiments:      Catherine Eckel, Lata Gangadharan, Philip J. Grossman and Nina Xue
  • Chapter 8: Experiments in Political Psychology: Kyle Fischer, Quentin Atkinson and Ananish Chaudhuri
  • Chapter 9: Neuroeconomics: Sarah Cowie, Ian Kirk and Olav Krigolson
  • Chapter 10: Sleep and Decision Making: David Dickinson