Experimental Evidence on Undergraduate Recruitment: Lessons from Creating a Subject Pool Registry

Laura Paul, Leah Palm-Forster, and Kent Messer Recruitment of subjects is a critical step for any data collection. This project aims to identify the best practices for inviting university students by email to register for a program. We are creating a recruitment pool for future experiments at a large research university in the mid-Atlantic. OurContinue reading “Experimental Evidence on Undergraduate Recruitment: Lessons from Creating a Subject Pool Registry”

Measures of Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept in Consumer Valuation Experiments

Tongzhe Li, Laura A. Paul, Kent D. Messer, and Harry M. Kaiser Abstract: Willingness to pay (WTP) and willingness to accept (WTA) measures are commonly used for economic analysis with wide-ranging implications for consumer demand, social welfare, marketing, policy, and economic theory. Economic studies have often observed an inconsistency between WTP and WTA—where elicited WTPContinue reading “Measures of Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept in Consumer Valuation Experiments”

Demand for an Environmental Public Good in the Time of COVID-19: A Statewide Water Quality Referendum

George Parsons, Laura Paul, and Kent Messer Abstract: Due to COVID-19, many households face hardship — unemployment, an uncertain economic future, forced separation, and more. At the same time, the number of people participated in outdoor recreation is reported to be on the rise, as it was one of the few activities still permitted. HowContinue reading “Demand for an Environmental Public Good in the Time of COVID-19: A Statewide Water Quality Referendum”

Nudge or Sludge? An Experimental Game Illustrating How Misunderstood Scientific Information Can Change Consumer Behavior

Laura Paul, Olesya Savchenko, Maik Kecinski, and Kent Messer Scientific information can be designed to help people understand and describe the natural world. Consumers regularly seek out information about their food and drink to help inform their decisions. While this search is generally viewed as a positive process, it becomes troubling when consumers respond negativelyContinue reading “Nudge or Sludge? An Experimental Game Illustrating How Misunderstood Scientific Information Can Change Consumer Behavior”

Bundling Stress Tolerant Seeds and Insurance for Resilient Small-scale Agriculture: Impacts and the Challenge of Learning about Technologies with Stochastic Benefits

Steve Boucher, Michael Carter, Jon Einar Flatnes, Travis Lybbert, Jonathan Malacarne, Paswel Marenya, and Laura Paul Risk has long been hypothesized to inhibit small farm investment in new technologies. Recent evidence indicates that index insurance and stress tolerant seeds can separately boost small farm investment. In this study, we explore whether the complementarities between theseContinue reading “Bundling Stress Tolerant Seeds and Insurance for Resilient Small-scale Agriculture: Impacts and the Challenge of Learning about Technologies with Stochastic Benefits”