Re: Re: poly: Econ, the final frontier...

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Wed Jan 07 1998 - 13:02:18 PST

Curt wrote:
>Say, with the endless minimum wage debate, conducting an experiment
>in which the only things different about the employers in question
>was the minimum wage law, and the employers weren't competing.

Given sufficient funding, such experiments are possible. In fact,
analogous experiments have been done - I haven't looked at the details
in a while.

For example, a famous health economics experiment (by RAND) randomly gave
different people different copayment rates, and examined their differing
health care usage and health outcomes.

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614
Received on Wed Jan 7 20:54:55 1998

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