How do experiments inform collective action research?

Maroš Servátka*

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In the context of collective action research, this chapter discusses how experiments inform us about human behavior in a way that field data do not. Experiments allow researchers to directly compare institutions that promote cooperation, analyze their welfare properties, and assess their causal impact on observed behavior by creating counterfactuals, while keeping the underlying environment constant. Experiments are a great tool for test-bedding new economic institutions designed to alleviate inefficiencies, identifying vital components of social and economic exchange that promote cooperation, and studying factors that influence the strength and prevalence of these individual components.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA research agenda for new institutional economics
EditorsClaude Ménard, Mary M. Shirley
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781788112512
ISBN (Print)9781788112505
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameElgar research agendas
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing

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