Date of Original Version
Handbook of Organizational Economics, eds. R. Gibbons and J. Roberts, Princeton University Press, forthcoming.
Abstract or Table of Contents
This chapter is about experiments that study aspects of organizational structure and economic performance. Relative to field studies using empirical data, experiments often have obvious advantages, especially the value of control and randomized assignment to implement theoretical assumptions that can only be imperfectly measured or controlled econometrically using field data. Despite these advantages, the range of organizational hypotheses studied in experiments is small, although it is growing rapidly.