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Who is coming to the artefactual field experiment? Participation bias among Chinese rural migrants

Frijters, Paul, Kong, Tao Sherry and Liu, Elaine M. (2015) Who is coming to the artefactual field experiment? Participation bias among Chinese rural migrants. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 114. pp. 62-74. ISSN 0167-2681

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.03.006

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-econo...
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C8 - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs > C81 - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C90 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C93 - Field Experiments
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 15:16
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 20:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86672

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