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390030 UK PhD-VGSE: Experimental Economics (2020S)

Continuous assessment of course work

ATTENTION for interested PhD-Management and Phd-Logistics Students:

To attend this course please write a short application to elisabeth.polster@univie.ac.at. The Application should include:

1. A list of all attended PhD courses
2. A short description of own research topic and the name of the supervisor
3. A short statement of why you want to attend the course and how it would help in own future research, prior knowledge of/experience with experimental economics (courses attended, own research, etc.)
4. CV


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 24 participants
Language: English



Class meetings Wednesdays 9:45 - 11:15 am in the seminar room of the VGSE (3rd floor, OMP1).


Aims, contents and method of the course

Course description: The principal aim of this course is to enable and help students to develop their own experimental projects that could later actually be run in an experimental lab.
For this purpose, the course will provide an introduction to the methods of experimental economics and will consist of two parts.
In the first part, methods of experimental economics with an emphasis on principles of economic experiments and experimental design will be discussed. Here the focus will be on a range of experimental design issues and practical advice. Also in the first part, a number of selected experimental papers will be discussed, again emphasizing method and design.
In the second part of the course, students will be asked to present their own experimental projects that they started to develop during the first part of the course and which will be thoroughly discussed in class.
At the end of the course/semester, students will have to submit a document describing their experimental projects, providing details on the research question, background / related literature, hypotheses to be tested by the experiment, design of the experiment, sample instructions, and intended methods for data analysis.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading: I will grade the document described in the course description. More details will be provided during the first class meeting.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Some prior exposure to the methods and results of experimental economics.

Examination topics

See information provided for "Art der Leistungskontrolle".

Reading list

Experimental Methods:
Daniel Friedman and Shyam Sunder: Experimental Methods, Cambridge University Press 1994.

Association in the course directory

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