EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS - Empirical tools and methods to investigate
While experiments have been seen for long as a specific domain within economics (“experimental economics”), the experimental method is now widely considered as a tool among others in the typical economist’s toolbox. Its use has shed light on many areas, on the theoretical side (decision theory, game theory, markets) as on the more applied and descriptive ones (policy, development, labor econ., IO, health econ., etc.). It has led to the blossoming of “behavioral economics”, but its general relevance goes much deeper than that. The purpose of this program is to provide young researchers with the methodological skills required to pursue experiments in their own research.
The objective of the Experimental Economics program is to offer young scholars a crash course in empirical methods aimed at understanding economic behavior: how to design, implement and analyze an experiment so to answer a research question. The summer school is methodological in nature, although typical results from behavioral economics will be introduced as examples and illustrations on how protocols are designed to overcome observation/measurement/identification issues. Participants will be trained in the aim of being able to soundly rely on experiments in their future research projects.
The program is divided in four parts: a series of general lectures on experimental methodology, a series of specialized classes on specific methodological topics and workshop sessions where participants present and refine their experimental projects, with feedback from the school’s speakers.
The requirements to follow the course are a good background in economics and in particular microeconomics and econometrics/statistics and a working knowledge of English.
- Béatrice Boulu-Reshef is an assistant professor at the University Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and a member of the Collaboration Project “Behavioral Economics” at PSE.
- Fabrice Etile is a Research Director at INRA and a professor at Paris School of Economics.
- Nicolas Jacquemet is a full professor at the University Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a member of Paris School of Economics.
- Olivier L’Haridon is a full professor at the University of Rennes-1.
- Angelo Secchi is Professor of Economics at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Associate member of the Paris School of Economics.
The course provides an overview of the use of laboratory experiments as an empirical method to investigate research questions in economics and social sciences. The focus is methodological, and illustrated by examples and applications taken from the literature. The whole spectrum of methodological issues will be covered: Objectives, methods and uses of experiments in economics.
Fees cover lunches and social events, as well as the welcome and farewell cocktails. They do not cover accommodation, transport or any other services.
- Early bird discount: A 10% discount applies for participants who pay before March 10, 2019. For sponsored candidates : purchase orders are not considered payment.
- Group discount: A 10% discount applies when a single employer or institution enrolls at least five (5) members in the Summer School. The discount is offered to participants regardless of the course she or he selects and is applied upon the signing of a training agreement between the employer and PSE.
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