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


  • 20 one-hour lectures
  • 5 one-hour seminars


  • Contribution to seminar discussion (10%)
  • Coursework (30%)
  • Group essay (40%)
  • Group presentation, 20 minutes (20%)