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THE ROLE OF EXPERIMENTS IN ECONOMICS: REPLY TO JONES

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 June 2014

Francesco Guala*
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Università degli Studi di Milano, Italyfrancesco.guala@unimi.it

Abstract

Martin Jones has criticized my account of the methodology of experimental economics on three points: the impossibility of testing external validity claims in the laboratory, my reconstruction of external validity inferences as analogical arguments, and the distinction between laboratory and non-laboratory sciences. I defend my account here and try to eliminate some misunderstandings that may have prompted Jones’s criticism.

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