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Chapter 5 On the External Validity of Laboratory Experiments on Corruption

New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption

ISBN: 978-1-78052-784-0, eISBN: 978-1-78052-785-7

ISSN: 0193-2306

Publication date: 15 June 2012

Abstract

This chapter examines the external validity of lab experiments on corruption by evaluating the extent to which experimental results are robust to the degree of field context included in the experimental design. To do so, we follow Harrison and List (2004) and partition corruption experiments into four classes depending on their field context. A comparison of the results obtained within each class reveals that similar treatment effects tend to emerge. Although a definitive answer to the external validity question has yet to be provided, these preliminary results provide some support to the external validity of lab experiments on corruption.

Citation

Armantier, O. and Boly, A. (2012), "Chapter 5 On the External Validity of Laboratory Experiments on Corruption", Serra, D. and Wantchekon, L. (Ed.) New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption (Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 117-144. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0193-2306(2012)0000015007

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