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Experimenting with measurement error: Techniques with applications to the caltech cohort study

Author(s): Gillen, B; Snowberg, E; Yariv, Leeat

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Abstract: © 2019 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. Measurement error is ubiquitous in experimental work. It leads to imperfect statistical controls, attenuated estimated effects of elicited be-haviors, and biased correlations between characteristics. We develop statistical techniques for handling experimental measurement error. These techniques are applied to data from the Caltech Cohort Study, which conducts repeated incentivized surveys of the Caltech student body. We replicate three classic experiments, demonstrating that results change substantially when measurement error is accounted for. Collectively, these results show that failing to properly account for measurement error may cause a field-wide bias leading scholars to identify “new” phenomena.
Publication Date: 13-Jun-2019
Citation: Gillen, B, Snowberg, E, Yariv, L. (2019). Experimenting with measurement error: Techniques with applications to the caltech cohort study. Journal of Political Economy, 10.1086/701681
DOI: doi:10.1086/701681
ISSN: 0022-3808
EISSN: 1537-534X
Pages: 1 - 38
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Political Economy
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.



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