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On the external validity of social preference games: a systematic lab-field study

Matteo Galizzi and Navarro-Martínez, Daniel

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: We present a lab-field experiment designed to systematically assess the external validity of social preferences elicited in a variety of experimental games. We do this by comparing behavior in the different games with several behaviors elicited in the field and with self-reported behaviors exhibited in the past, using the same sample of participants. Our results show that the experimental social preference games do a poor job explaining both social behaviors in the field and social behaviors from the past. We also include a systematic review and meta-analysis of previous literature on the external validity of social preference games.

Keywords: field behavior; external validity; experimental games; social preferences; ES/K001965/1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp and nep-gth
Date: 2019-03-01
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Published in Management Science, 1, March, 2019, 65(3), pp. 976-1002. ISSN: 0025-1909

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Working Paper: On the External Validity of Social Preference Games: A Systematic Lab-Field Study (2015) Downloads
Working Paper: On the external validity of social-preference games: A systematic lab-field study (2015) Downloads
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