Experimental Economics

Courses Offered

This is one course in a two-course Experimental Economics sequence. We will focus on experimental methodology (design, implementation, and analysis) and major topics of past and current research (e.g. markets, individual decision-making, and game theory). Readings, lectures, and discussions can provide the tools and the inspiration for your research. Sample syllabus

This is a survey course of topics in experimental economics. The aim is to present some of the areas of research and to provide a foundation for original research in the field. Alistair Wilson will teach during the first half of the semester, first providing an introduction to the experimental methodology, then proceeding to review the literature on strategic communication, market design, political economy and repeated games. Lise Vesterlund will be teaching in the second half of the semester, reviewing the literature on public and labor economics, as well as discussing the relative merits of laboratory versus field based experiments. An effort will be made to concentrate on series of experiments, in order to see how experiments build on one another and allow researchers with different theoretical dispositions to narrow the range of potential disagreement. The course is designed to familiarize the student with experimental methodology and the range of application of experimental methods in economic. Importantly the course will help the student begin a proposal for a paper in experimental economics, with the aim that the paper with further development through the spring course will ultimately become a part of your dissertation/publishable paper. While the course counts towards the two-course requirement for a major in experimental economics, it may also be taken as a standalone course. Sample syllabus

This is a year-long course in which external speakers are invited to present their research in experimental economics.