From locality to continent: A comment on the generalization of an experimental study

Kenju Kamei

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Abstract

Kocher et al. (2008) find that conditional willingness to contribute to a public good is considerably stronger at a U.S. research site, Appalachian State University, than at sites in Europe and Asia. I find that the willingness at Brown University, in Rhode Island, is not significantly different from that in Europe and Asia in Kocher et al. (2008). Clear evidence on significantly different demographic statistics between these two U.S. research sites is provided. This implies that in the experimental study of societies, or more generally in empirical studies, we need exercise care to generalize from results at a specific research site to geographically broader conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Socio-Economics
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cooperation
  • Experiment
  • Public goods
  • Social dilemma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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