nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2019‒11‒11
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. New Metrics for Measuring Academic Research Outside the Ivory Tower By Levine, Kendra K.
  2. Persuasion Bias in Science: An Experiment on Strategic Sample Selection By Arianna Degan; Ming Li; Huan Xie

  1. By: Levine, Kendra K.
    Keywords: Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Date: 2019–08–01
  2. By: Arianna Degan; Ming Li; Huan Xie
    Abstract: We experimentally test a game theoretical model of researcher-evaluator interaction à la Di Tillio, Ottaviani, and Sørensen (2017a). Researcher may strategically manipulate sample selection using his private information in order to achieve favourable research outcomes and thereby obtain approval from Evaluator. Our experimental results confirm the theoretical predictions for Researcher’s behaviour but find significant deviations from them about Evaluator’s behaviour. However, comparative statics are mostly consistent with the theoretical predictions. In the welfare analysis, we find that Researcher always benefits from the possibility of manipulation, in contrast to the theoretical prediction that he sometimes is hurt by it. Consistent with theoretical predictions, Evaluator benefits from the possibility of Researcher’s manipulation when she leans towards approval or is approximately neutral but is hurt by that possibility when she leans against approval.
    Keywords: Persuasion Bias,Research Conduct,Manipulation,Sample Selection,Randomized Controlled Trials,
    JEL: C72 C92 D83
    Date: 2019–10–28

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