Apr 22, 2013

Who is Coming to the Experiment?

We compare the characteristics and regression coefficients between the participants in a field experiment in China and the survey population from which they were recruited. The experimental participants were more educated, younger, more likely to be male, more risk-loving and work fewer hours than the more general population. The estimates of their regression coefficients in the standard analyses of wages, happiness and entrepreneurship differed significantly from non-participants, indicating that inferences drawn from experimental samples may not hold for more representative groups of the population.
That is from a new paper by Liu, Frijters, & Sherry Kong. The title is "Who is Coming to the Experiment? A Cautionary Tale from China."
HT: Zheng Fang

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