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Who Is Coming to the Artefactual Field Experiment? Participation Bias among Chinese Rural Migrants

Paul Frijters, Tao Sherry Kong, Elaine M. Liu

NBER Working Paper No. 20953
Issued in February 2015
NBER Program(s):Development Economics

In this paper, we compare participants in an artefactual field experiment in urban China with the survey population of migrants from which they were recruited. The experimental participants were more educated, more likely to lend money to friends, and worked fewer hours than the general population. They differ significantly from non-participants in terms of regression coefficients, such as the effects of wealth and marital status on the probability of being self-employed and distance migrated. We thus find that there was selection into our experiments on the basis of both observable characteristics and on unobserved differences in behavioral relations.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20953

Published: Frijters, Paul & Kong, Tao Sherry & Liu, Elaine M., 2015. "Who is coming to the artefactual field experiment? Participation bias among Chinese rural migrants," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 62-74. citation courtesy of

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