Tinbergen Institute Summer Course in Experimental Economics, 17-22 July 2017, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 04, 2017

Deadline: Jun 15, 2017

Date: Amsterdam July 17-22, 2017

This one-week crash course is an introduction to the field of experimental economics. The course provides students with skills needed to design and run an experiment. There will be an additional one-day module on Statistical Data Analysis at the end of the course (on July 22).

  • Level: Master’s and PhD students, alumni, professionals in Economics and related fields
  • Application deadline: June 15,  2017 (later applications can be considered depending on capacity)
  • Academic director: Prof. Arthur Schram
  • Capacity: 30 participants
  • Degree programme: Certificate
  • Mode: Short-term
  • Credits: 3 ECTS (5 ECTS with paper), 1 week
  • Language: English

This introductory course provides an in-depth analysis of some recent developments, including the rapid growth of behavioural economics and the increased use of field experiments. Because experimental economics is a methodology often used to test economic theory, the course also covers theoretical issues (more specifically, game theory), when appropriate.

Topics include:

  • experimental methodology
  •  behavioural economics (public goods, bargaining, other-regarding preferences)
  • industrial organisation (auctions, double auction, market power, mechanism design)
  •  individual decision-making (expected utility, probability weighting)
  •  analysis of experimental data

Teaching method:

  • lectures given by the instructor
  • participation in experiment run by the instructors
  • experiments developed and run by groups of students
  • presentations of experimental results

For the experiments, students will be split into groups of 5 or 6. Each group will develop an experiment on their preferred topic and run the experiment using the other students as participants. The groups will then analyze the data and present the results. A class discussion will follow.


We welcome Master’s and PhD students, alumni, or professionals in economics and related fields to join this course.

Admission requirements

Students are expected to have passed an intermediate-level course in micro-economics (including basic game theory).


Before each class, students are expected to have read the parts of “ Markets, Games and Strategic Behavior ” by Ch. A. Holt (Pearson 2007) that are relevant for that topic. These parts will not be discussed in detail in class. The relevant parts are given in the program overview which students can access after registering.


Fee: € 999 (PhD and Masters students). Additional one-day module Data Analysis: € 250

Others (postdocs, professionals) fee: € 1.250. Additional one-day module Data Analysis: € 300

The course fee includes: materials (book and slides), daily lunches, social event including a dinner and a farewell party including drinks. Accommodation costs are not covered by this fee. Please ask us about discount options for a student hotel.


Various scholarship opportunities are available to UvA Summer School students. Also check the programme of your choice for specific scholarship information.

Tuition scholarships awarded by your home international office

Certain universities may have bilateral exchange agreements which lead to partial or full tuition remission for some of the UvA Summer School courses. Check the list of partner universities at the official website (please click "Further Official Information" below this announcement) to see if we have such a formal Global Exchange Programme agreement with your home university. Your home international office should also be able to inform you if such an agreement exists and what the rules and regulations are.

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship

Eligibility and Conditions
You need to be enrolled as a current student at one of the U21/LERU universities at the time of the summer program.  Please verify that your home university is a member of the LERU and/or U21 network. The summer program office of the crash course will then submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates into the summer program. The € 500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition fee.
•    Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is a member of the LERU or U21 network.
•    Step 2:  Register for the crash course summer program and indicate on the registration form that you are applying for a LERU or U21 scholarship.
•    Step 3: Upon acceptance the summer program office will notify you if you have been awarded the partial scholarship.
Please note: students enrolled at Dutch universities that are members of LERU or U21 are not eligible for these scholarships.

The Amsterdam University Fund (AUF Travel Grant)

The Amsterdam University Fund (AUF) also supports a number of international students who register for a summer course at the University of Amsterdam. The AUF covers part of the travel expenses for a limited number of students (there is a fixed budget). Students receiving LERU or U21 scholarships are not eligible for the AUF; it is available for third year-Bachelor’s and Master’s students only. Please ask the contact person from the faculty organising the course of your choice for more information.

How to Apply

To apply to this summer school you must go to the official website to fill in the application form.

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