- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses game theoretic experiments conducted in the laboratory on topics of particular interest to analytical sociologists, including cooperation, collective action, and social order. It reviews experimental work in economics that seems to be of direct relevance to analytical sociology and what it has to offer, with particular emphasis on behavioral economics. It first provides an overview of some key methodological considerations, focusing on seven key elements of experimental design: incentives, social context, language, repetition, common knowledge, control group, and empirical analysis. It also considers social norms of fairness and cooperativeness and describes how norms can be measured experimentally, how they become salient, and what experiments tell us about how norm-abiding behavior can be sustained.
Iris Bohnet is Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Associate Director of the Harvard Laboratory for Decision Science and a vice chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Zürich. A behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology, her research focuses on decision-making, and on improving decision-making in organizations and society. In particular, she analyzes the causes and consequences of trust and employs experiments to study the role of gender and culture in decision-making and negotiation.
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