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Handbook of Experimental Economic Methodology$
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Guillaume R. Fréchette and Andrew Schotter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328325.001.0001

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A General Model for Experimental Inquiry in Economics and Social Psychology

A General Model for Experimental Inquiry in Economics and Social Psychology

(p.166) 10 A General Model for Experimental Inquiry in Economics and Social Psychology
Handbook of Experimental Economic Methodology

J. Keith Murnighan

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the intersection of economics, social psychology, and the experimental method. No other truly social science uses experimental methods as much as these two fields, and experiments provide a common arena for effective collaboration. However, increasingly strident philosophical stances on what is and is not appropriate methodologically have limited the collaborative potential of these two related fields. The chapter begins by presenting some definitions and some historical perspectives on economics and social psychology. It then turns to concepts that are not just common but central to both modes of inquiry. It provides a methodological framework that might satisfy the desires and goals of both fields while simultaneously expanding opportunities for each field to contribute to the other and expand what is known about the phenomena they study.

Keywords:   economics, social psychology, experimental method, professional collaboration, economists, social psychologists

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