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Jerome Hergueux on the Promises of Web-based Social Experiments

The advent of the internet provides social scientists with a fantastic tool for conducting behavioral experiments online at a very large-scale and at an affordable cost. It is surprising, however, how little research has leveraged the affordances of the internet to set up such social experiments so far.

Jerome Hergueux — a PhD candidate in Economics at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Strasbourg, and a Berkman Fellow — presents the preliminary results of a randomized experiment that compares behavioral measures of social preferences obtained both in a traditional University laboratory and online, with a focus on engaging the audience in a reflection about the specificities, limitations and promises of online experimental economics as a tool for social science research.


21 Feb 2012

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