Designing and Conducting Experiments in the Laboratory

Instructor(s):

  • Rick Wilson, Rice University
  • Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University

There are three goals for the course. First, we want to illustrate the connection between theory development and experimental design. Second, we want to stress key components of experimental design (simplify, simplify, simplify). Finally, we want to provide a sense of the kinds of problems facing various types of experiments (from randomized control treatments to field experiments). Participants will be introduced to basic design considerations, the problems of inference for incomplete designs (particularly field experiments), and canonical games common in experimental economics.

To learn about experiments, there is no substitute for doing, so participants will work in four- to six-person groups to design an experiment that will be run in the workshop. This means participants will "get their hands dirty" conducting an experiment. To this end, we will spend a lot of time outside of class (evening times) in order to refine our experiments. Time permitting, the experiments will be run on the last day of class and afterwards the class will offer a critique.

Fee: Members = $1700; Non-members = $3200

Tags: experiments, laboratory

Course Sections

Section 1

Location: ICPSR -- Ann Arbor, MI

Date(s): July 17 - July 21

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Instructor(s):

  • Rick Wilson, Rice University
  • Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University

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