Learn more about the growing field of experimental economics that was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
About once a week, students will actively participate in an economics experiment. This gives students the opportunity to experience economics first-hand and learn how people actually respond to economic incentives.
These experiments are a lot of fun and are a great break from the typical everyday lecture format! All majors are welcome!
Topics will include:
- How do notions of fairness and reciprocity factor into individual economic decisions?
- Can we explain why people voluntarily contribute to providing public goods, maintain a common pool resource or engage in collective action?
- How and why do markets work? When do they fail?
- How do we design new markets (e.g., electricity deregulation)?
- How can private property rights be used to facilitate more efficient use of our natural resources and provide improved environmental quality?