The science of apologies with experimental evidence

Ben Ho 13 May 2014

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Following the recent wave of apologies by politicians,1 celebrities,2 and in particular by firms,3 there have been numerous commentaries about the nature of apology – in particular how it is pointless and overused. Recent research in the social science of apologies can help us understand their logic, and shed light on the purpose of the rituals of repairing social transgression.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  experimental economics, Behavioural economics, lab experiments, apologies, causal effects

The generalisability of experimental results in economics

John List, Omar Al-Ubaydli 17 January 2014

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One of the most basic elements of scientific knowledge is the causal effect – the effect on a variable Y of a change in variable X. Virtually every decision that we make rests upon beliefs about causal effects, from the mundane – the causal effect of an alarm clock on punctuality – to the critical – the causal effect of fiscal stimulus on unemployment.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  causal effect, field experiments, lab experiments