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Experimental Economics (P02701)

? Credit Points : 10  ? SCQF Level : 11  ? Acronym : ECN-P-P02701

The course aims at providing students with an introduction to experimental economics, with an eye toward preparing students to design and run their own experiments. Topics will lie in two primary spheres: experimental methodology and the state of the art in the major strands of experimental economics.
• Experimental methodology: The goal of this section is to enable students to design and run sound laboratory and field experiments successfully. This section comprises not only procedures commonly recognised as good practice amongst experimental economists, but also issues for which there is—as yet—no clear consensus. Areas covered include design of experiments, ethical concerns involving human subjects, motivation of subjects, and statistical techniques.
• Strands of previous experimental research: The goals of this section are to give students an overview of literature relevant to experimental economics and to enable them to identify promising areas for future experiments. This section comprises experiments designed to test economic theories, experiments designed to discover new stylised facts, and experimental work applied to specific policy questions, as well as non-experimental work seeking to unify experimental results.

? Keywords : economic experiments; hypothesis testing; field trials;

Entry Requirements

? Pre-requisites : Macroeconomics 1 and 2, Quantitative Methods 1 and 2 and Microeconomics 1 and 2 OR courses deemed equivalent by Programme Director

Subject Areas

Delivery Information

? Normal year taken : Postgraduate

? Delivery Period : Block 4 only

? Contact Teaching Time : 3 hour(s) per week for 6 weeks

All of the following classes

Type Day Start End Area
Lecture Wednesday 09:00 12:00 Central

Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of i) experimental methodology ii) the existing literature in experimental economics iii) the statistical testing economic theories using experimental data

Assessment Information

100% Degree exam (2 hours)

Exam times

Diet Diet Month Paper Code Paper Name Length
1ST May EE Experimental Economics 2 hour(s)

Contact and Further Information

The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.

Course Secretary

Ms Marie Craft
Tel : (0131 6)51 1764
Email : Marie.Craft@ed.ac.uk

Course Organiser

Prof Andy Snell
Tel : (0131 6)50 3848
Email : a.j.snell@ed.ac.uk

School Website : http://www.ed.ac.uk/econ/

College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/

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