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Luis M. MILLER ;THEORIA. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 2010, 25 3

Autor: María JIMÉNEZ-BUEDO

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THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia ISSN: 0495-4548 theoria@ehu.es Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea España JIMÉNEZ-BUEDO, María; MILLER, Luis M. Why a Trade-Off? The Relationship between the External and Internal Validity of Experiments THEORIA.
Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia, vol.
25, núm.
3, 2010, pp.
301321 Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Donostia-San Sebastián, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=339730813003 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Why a Trade-Off? The Relationship between the External and Internal Validity of Experiments* María JIMÉNEZ-BUEDO and Luis M.
MILLER Received: 15.6.2010 Final Version: 16.8.2010 BIBLID [0495-4548 (2010) 25: 69; pp.
301-321] ABSTRACT: Much of the methodological discussion around experiments in economics and other social sciences is framed in terms of the notions of internal and external validity.
The standard view is that internal validity and external validity stand in a relationship best described as a trade-off.
However, it is also commonly held that internal validity is a prerequisite to external validity.
This article addresses the problem of the compatibility of these two ideas and analyzes critically the standard arguments about the conditions under which a trade-off between internal and external validity arises.
Our argument stands against common associations of internal validity and external validity with the distinction between field and laboratory experiments and assesses critically the arguments that link the artificiality of experimental settings done in the laboratory with the purported trade-off between internal and external...





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