Lab Labor: What Can Labor Economists Learn from the Lab?
Gary Charness () and
Peter Kuhn ()
No 4941, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This paper surveys the contributions of laboratory experiments to labor economics. We begin with a discussion of methodological issues: why (and when) is a lab experiment the best approach; how do laboratory experiments compare to field experiments; and what are the main design issues? We then summarize the substantive contributions of laboratory experiments to our understanding of principal-agent interactions, social preferences, union-firm bargaining, arbitration, gender differentials, discrimination, job search, and labor markets more generally.
Keywords: laboratory experiments; principal-agent theory; personnel economics; labor economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 J0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Published in: O. Ashenfelter and D. Card (eds.), Handbook of Labor Economics, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2011
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