Communication in laboratory experiments

Jordi Brandts, David J. Cooper, Christina Rott

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In this chapter we present a first survey of laboratory studies using communication. We first discuss a number of issues about the implementation of communication in the laboratory. In particular, we discuss variations in the channels, the structure and the content analysis of communication. Second, we survey a number of studies in which the effects of free-form communication are compared to those with more restricted communication. We finish with a brief reference to the question of why communication matters. In other words, what are the mechanisms through which communication affects behavior?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods and Applications in Experimental Economics
EditorsArthur Schram, Aljaž Ule
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781788110563
ISBN (Print)9781788110556
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
PublisherEdward Elgar


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