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The Handbook of Experimental Economics
Edited by John H. Kagel & Alvin E. Roth

Paperback | 1997 | $99.95 / £69.95 | ISBN: 9780691058979
744 pp. | 6 x 9 | 69 line drawings 73 tables
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This book, which comprises eight chapters, presents a comprehensive critical survey of the results and methods of laboratory experiments in economics. The first chapter provides an introduction to experimental economics as a whole, with the remaining chapters providing surveys by leading practitioners in areas of economics that have seen a concentration of experiments: public goods, coordination problems, bargaining, industrial organization, asset markets, auctions, and individual decision making.

The work aims both to help specialists set an agenda for future research and to provide nonspecialists with a critical review of work completed to date. Its focus is on elucidating the role of experimental studies as a progressive research tool so that wherever possible, emphasis is on series of experiments that build on one another. The contributors to the volume--Colin Camerer, Charles A. Holt, John H. Kagel, John O. Ledyard, Jack Ochs, Alvin E. Roth, and Shyam Sunder--adopt a particular methodological point of view: the way to learn how to design and conduct experiments is to consider how good experiments grow organically out of the issues and hypotheses they are designed to investigate.

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"This book is impressive for the clarity, depth, and informativeness of its surveys. The focus on series of experiments is very instructive.... One can learn a lot from the issues debated, the methodological digressions, and the many suggestions for further research.... This is a great book that is wholeheartedly recommended."--F. van Winden, The Journal of Economics

"The book provides not only a comprehensive and deep review of major areas of experimental research, but it is also exceptionally intellectually stimulating and insightful for theoretical economists as well as those who are interested in more immediate policy issues."--Katerina Sherstyuk, Economic Record

"This is a book written principally to demonstrate the considerable scope and potential of economics experiments, and it achieves that objective very well."--Graham Loomes, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"A critical review and analysis of the foundations of laboratory experiments in economics, and much more. . . . Indeed, this handbook serves as a thoughtful agenda for future researchers. . . . "--Choice

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"I wish every economist and economics graduate student would read this book. Those who are considering running experiments should be forced to; this is a bible in how to run good experiments. Every chapter is amazingly comprehensive and has been written by a true expert in the field. But economists who would never dream about running an experiment can benefit from reading this just as much. The beauty of experiments is that they force theorists to think carefully about their theories."--Richard Thaler, Cornell University

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Table of Contents:

Preface
List of Contributors
1Introduction to Experimental Economics3
2Public Goods: A Survey of Experimental Research111
3Coordination Problems195
4Bargaining Experiments253
5Industrial Organization: A Survey of Laboratory Research349
6Experimental Asset Markets: A Survey445
7Auctions: A Survey of Experimental Research501
8Individual Decision Making587
Author Index705
Subject Index715

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