Secondary Benefits of Manipulation Checks: Three Illustrations From Behavioral Public Administration

Kenneth Meier, Seung Ho An, Jourdan Davis, Joohyung Park

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Abstract

Manipulation checks in behavioral public administration are commonly used and reported to determine if the experimental and control group have received different treatments. This paper uses three experiments to argue that manipulation checks for experimental treatments can have secondary benefits that can be used to improve the quality of behavioral work in the field. The three cases address the importance of using more clear terms in experimental manipulations (government v. public), using different on-line platforms to recruit experimental subjects (Mechanical Turk, Prolific, and Data.Spring), and whether larger payments more produce more attentive subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Policy Studies
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • behavioral public administration
  • experiments
  • incentives
  • internet recruitment of subjects
  • manipulation checks
  • public sector bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration

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