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- DescriptionSocial experimentation is a tool that enables ecomists and policy makers to test proposed ecomic policies in the real world. Instead of testing policies by analytical methods or by laboratory simulation, the policies are tested on people who would be affected were these policies implemented. The authors describe how such social experiments are set up and carried out, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of social experimentation relative to other means of evaluating ecomic and social policies. The main part of the book is a review and a critical evaluation of the principal social experiments in ecomics that have been carried out in the United States, where this method has been used most extensively. The authors examine in detail the first large-scale experiment in the United States (the New Jersey Income Maintenance Experiment) and subsequent experiments with the labour force, electricity rates, and cash housing allowances. A consideration of the social utility of social experimentation follows, and the book closes with a set of recommendations on the conditions under which social experimentation might best be used in evaluating ecomic and social policies.
- Author(s)Robert Ferber,Werner Z. Hirsch
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication31/12/1981
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleCambridge Surveys of Economic Literature
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note5d.29tabs.
- Weight340 g
- Width138 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Series Edited byJohn Pencavel
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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