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HANDBOOK OF LABOR ECONOMICS, VOL 4A by David Card, Orley Ashenfelter

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Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol. 4, No. Suppl PA, 2011

ISSN: 1573-4463

doi: 10.1016/S0169-7218(11)00408-4

Chapter 2Field Experiments in Labor Economics

John A. List*1, Imran Rasul**2

* Department of Economics, University of Chicago, 1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

** Department of Economics, University College London, Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

E-mail address: jlist@uchicago.edu

E-mail address: i.rasul@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

We overview the use of field experiments in labor economics. We showcase studies that highlight the central advantages of this methodology, which include: (i) using economic theory to design the null and alternative hypotheses; (ii) engineering exogenous variation in ...

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