Experimental Economics

Module code: EC3088

Module co-ordinator: Dr David Rojo-Arjona

In recent decades, economists have examined propositions implied by economic theory using behavioural data collected in controlled experiments. One of the reasons for the increasing success of experimental economics is that, in many instances, experimental control allows us to draw tighter inferences than naturally occurring data. Charities, governments and companies such as Amazon and Google now use experimental economic techniques to evaluate and implement new policies.

Topics covered

  • Aims and scope of experimental economics; tools used in experimental design
  • Some of the main economic topics in which experimental economics is routinely used
  • ew approaches to experimental economics; examples of interventions

Learning

  • 20 one-hour lectures
  • 5 one-hour tutorials

Assessment

This module is assessed in the following format:

  • Contribution to seminar discussion (10%)
  • Three pieces of coursework (30%)
  • Group essay on research project (40%)
  • Group presentation on research project, 20 minutes (20%)