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Two principles distinguish experimental economic science from other experimental social sciences. First, we experimental economists pay our participants based upon the decisions they make… Secondly, we do not use deception, not out of any deontic aversion to dishonesty, but rather because we are “concerned about developing and maintaining a reputation among the student population for honesty in order to ensure that subject actions are motivated by the induced monetary rewards rather than by psychological reactions to suspected manipulation” (Davis and Holt, 1993, pp. 23‐24).1 Again, our concern is for the integrity of the inferences from our observations.


Working Paper 14-05



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