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Field Experiments: A Bridge Between Lab and Naturally-Occurring Data

John A. List

NBER Working Paper No. 12992
Issued in March 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

*This study is based on plenary talks at the 2005 International Meetings of the Economic Science Association, the 2006 Canadian Economic Association, and the 2006 Australian Econometric Association meetings. The paper is written as an introduction to the BE-JEAP special issue on Field Experiments that I have edited; thus my focus is on the areas to which these studies contribute. Some of the arguments parallel those contained in my previous work, most notably the working paper version of Levitt and List (2006) and Harrison and List (2004). Don Fullerton, Dean Karlan, Charles Manski, and an anonymous reporter provided remarks that improved the study. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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