ECON30390 Experimental Economics: Lab Experiments

Academic Year 2022/2023

Experimental economics investigates economic questions using experimental methodology to gather empirical insights into human decision making. In recent years, experimental research experienced a remarkable surge and has become part of the standard economics toolbox. This module will focus on the methodology and uses of LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS in economics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will have:
- Obtained detailed knowledge of experimental methods in economics and good scientific practices for conducting economic experiments.
- Developed a thorough understanding of advantages and limitations of laboratory experiments.

Indicative Module Content:

The focus of the module is on the methodology of economics experiments. The course will cover the following topics.

- Methodology: Principles of economics experiments. Types of experiments. Experimental design. The scientific method. Hypotheses testing.
- Best practices: Incentives. Sample size. Pre-registering. Replication.
- Practicalities: Participants. Laboratories. Software. Conducting an experiment.
- Data analysis: Experimetrics. Regressions and non-parametric statistical tests.
- Some applications: Individual decision making. Strategic interaction. Markets.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is highly interactive and driven by recent research in experimental economics. Throughout the course students will engage with a wide range of materials (published papers, books, videos), work on a group project, and participate in interactive classroom experiments using their smartphones. This technology-enhanced teaching approach allows students to experience an economic decision-making problem, work on a solution and receive real-time feedback, promoting active and experiential learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

There are no formal pre-requisites for the course. However, having some basic knowledge of utility theory, game theory, statistics, and econometrics may be helpful.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Problem solving and/or answering questions. Unspecified No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Group project including short in-class presentation. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

- Feedback in the form of individual grades and in class group feedback on answers for the exam. - Feedback in the form of grades and comments post-assessment for the group project.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 16:00 - 17:50