- Title Pages
- Series Introduction
- 1 Is Experimental Economics Living Up to Its Promise?
- 2 The Relationship Between Economic Theory and Experiments
- 3 On the Relationship Between Economic Theory and Experiments
- 4 Enhanced Choice Experiments
- 5 Intelligent Design: The Relationship Between Economic Theory and Experiments: Treatment-driven Experiments
- 6 The Interplay Between Theory and Experiments
- 7 Maxims for Experimenters
- 8 What is an Economic Theory That Can Inform Experiments?
- 9 The 1-800 Critique, Counterexamples, and the Future of Behavioral Economics
- 10 A General Model for Experimental Inquiry in Economics and Social Psychology
- 11 Psychology and Economics: Areas of Convergence and Difference
- 12 The Hammer and the Screwdriver
- 13 Discussion of “ Psychology and Economics: Areas of Convergence and Difference”
- Reprint: What Do Laboratory Experiments Measuring Social Preferences Reveal About the Real World?
- 14 The Promise and Success of Lab–Field Generalizability in Experimental Economics: A Critical Reply to Levitt and List
- 15 Theory, Experimental Design, and Econometrics Are Complementary (And So Are Lab and Field Experiments)
- 16 Laboratory Experiments: The Lab in Relationship to Field Experiments, Field Data, and Economic Theory
- 17 Laboratory Experiments: Professionals Versus Students
- 18 The External Validity of Laboratory Experiments: The Misleading Emphasis on Quantitative Effects
- 19 The Lab and the Field: Empirical and Experimental Economics
- 20 On the Generalizability of Experimental Results in Economics
- (p.1) Introduction
- Handbook of Experimental Economic Methodology
Guillaume R. Fréchette
- Oxford University Press
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes running through this discussion of experimental economics. The time is right for such a discussion because experimental economics is no longer an emerging discipline but one that has matured to the point where it has become integrated into the thinking and curriculum of graduate training. However, along with growth and maturity comes a set of issues that any growing discipline has to confront. These include the proper relationship between theory and experiments; the usefulness of experimental results outside the lab; and the proper place of ideas from other disciplines like psychology and neuroscience in experimental economics.
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