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EC984 - Experimental Economics

  • Module code: EC984
  • Module name: Experimental Economics
  • Department: Economics
  • Credit: 15, 18

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will introduce students to issues and principles of experimental design, conduct and analysis across the areas which have been the main subject matter of experimental economics - markets, public goods, game theory and individual decision making. It will encourage students to consider the scope and limitations of 'laboratory' experiments in economics and to compare this research tool with others such as surveys and field experiments.

Principal learning outcomes

Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of applying experimental methods in economic research - and in particular, identify the different areas of economic behaviour where such methods are more or less useful; Demonstrate understanding of and apply basic principles of experimental design, conduct and analysis; Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate key experiments in the different areas where experimental methods have most often been applied; Evaluate the main controversies in the field; Demonstrate understanding of how such methods might be used to address issues that are, as yet, unresolved.

Timetabled teaching activities

Please see Teaching Timetable.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: EC984-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
18 CATS (Module code: EC984-18)
B (Examination only) Examination - May 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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