Claims and confounds in economic experiments

Zizzo, D.J. (2013) Claims and confounds in economic experiments. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 93. pp. 186-195. ISSN 0167-2681

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We present a distinctiveness, relevance and plausibility (DRP) method for systematically evaluating potential experimental confounds. A claim is a statement being inferred on the basis of experimental data analysis. A potential confound is a statement providing a prima facie reason why the claim is not justified (other than internal weakness). In evaluating whether a potential confound is problematic, we can start by asking whether the potential confound is distinctive from the claim; we can then ask whether it is relevant for the claim; and we can conclude by asking whether it is plausible in the light of the evidence.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 14:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 04:34
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.05.006

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