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Crash Course in Experimental Economics

University of Amsterdam

Certificate / Diploma Summer course Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Economics, commerce, management and accounting
Course summary This one-week crash course is an introduction to experimental economics. At the end of the course you will have obtained the skills needed to design and run an experiment as part of your thesis.
Course description 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 The course consists of: * 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.
Study subjects Preparation 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.
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 3.00
Duration 1 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture, working group
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Faculty of Economics and Business
Information about the institution A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and p


Admission requirements
  1. Game Theory
  2. Students are expected to have passed an intermediate-level course in micro-economics (including basic game theory).
Language requirements
Professional experience required -
Duration 1 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
19 Aug 2019 19 Jul 2019 -
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
No tuition fees available.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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Judith van Kronenburg


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