Transcript
  •     |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
    Introduction by Diego Aycinena
  • 00:22    |    
    How did you get involved in experimental economics?
  • 05:33    |    
    How was your initial work in public choice and political science influenced by your contact with Ronald Coase and James Buchanan?
  • 08:27    |    
    You began testing theories in a controlled environment, but have recently moved on to testing these applications in the real world. Is there an difference?
  • 11:33    |    
    All models are false in some sense. How useful are they?
  • 12:01    |    
    You have applied your findings in models to the creation of real-life systems? Could you describe some of these practical applications?
  • 16:02    |    
    Can your job be described as: Designing institutional settings for markets in places where markets did not operate before?
  • 19:03    |    
    How do you think experimental economics has evolved during the last 30 years? Where do you think it is heading?
  • 21:54    |    
    Final words
  • 22:11    |    
    Final credits


From Theory to Experiments in Economics

New Media  | 21 de febrero de 2014  | Vistas: 2766

In this interview, Charles R. Plott describes the beginnings of his work in experimental economics, and his involvement in the shift between theory to practical testing in the field. His interest was sparked by a strong sense of curiosity for the use of public goods and externalities to solve collective problems. His revolutionaryinput consisted in deciding to test these theories, in a field where no experiments had been done before.

Plott describes how his initial work was influenced by Ronald Coase’s teachings on how to be a careful scientist, and James Buchanan’s ideas on changing institutional design. His partnership with Vernon Smith at California Tech lead him to explore the field of markets, and to expand from the realms of political science.

For Plott, there is no true difference between controlled environments and the real world. His interest lies in testing whether the principles that are guiding us are reliable. His discoveries in the lab have led him to re-design settings where original institutional policies prevent the growth of markets. Plott envisions an amazing future for experimental economics, with the opportunity to create unprecedented institutions that no one thought could exist.







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