New Wine into Old Wineskins? Methodenstreit, Agency, and Structure in the Philosophy of Experimental Economics
Experiments have become part and parcel of today’s economics. Experimental evidence is used to update and to refute economic theories but also helps in formulating new theories or policies. Experimental evidence and (quasi)experimental designs are becoming increasingly popular in many fields of applied economics. The consequences of this transformation are deep enough to prompt methodological reflection at least as wide-ranging and radical, as the change itself. In this discussion, seemingly outdated distinctions may gain new significance and inspire more general questions on the structure and perspectives of current economic science.
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