Principal-agent relationships can be tested using field experiments, particularly by using bureaucrats as subjects. Decades ago, Simon (1965, 34) stated that “field experiments have not been an important procedure for learning about organizational decision making.” Today, this claim could still be made even though there is much that could be learned by employing field experiments.It was published in the Annual Review of Political Science (Feb., 2014).
Mar 4, 2014
Field experiments for the study of institutions in political science
From a paper by Christian R. Grose where he explains why scholars of institutions in political science have not as frequently embraced field experiments. He also offers ideas of potential areas of application: