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Can we do policy recommendations from a framed field experiment? The case of coca cultivation in Colombia

Marcela Ibanez () and Peter Martinsson
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Marcela Ibanez: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Postal: Box 640, SE 40530 GÖTEBORG

No 306, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: Laboratory experiments are potentially effective tools for studying behavior in settings where little or no information would otherwise exist such as participation in illicit activities. However, using laboratory experiments to draw policy recommendations is highly debatable. We investigate the external validity of a framed field experiment that mimics coca cultivation and find evidence that behavior in the experiment is consistent with self-reported behavior. We use the experiment to discuss the effectiveness of carrot and stick policies on coca investments. The experiment indicates that subjects are more responsive to changes in the relative profit of cattle farming than to changes in the probability of coca eradication.

Keywords: Coca cultivation; Colombia; Experiment; Public Bad (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 D62 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2008-05-27
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-lam and nep-law
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