Lab and Field Experiments in Economics

ECS540NFB Lab and Field Experiments in Economics

  • Topics


    PhD-course at the NHH Norwegian School of Economics

    October 15 - 19, 2012

    ECS 540: Field and Lab experiments in Economics

    Lecturer: John List, University of Chicago




    The course presents advanced topics in how to use lab and field experiments in economics. It will consist of ten lectures over five days. The students will also be given the opportunity to present their own research.




    The course is organized by Choice Lab at NHH. If you plan to attend, please remember to register for the course by October 1, since your registration must be accepted in advance. The course is supported by the National Research Council ("Nasjonalt fagråd for samfunnsøkonomi" og "Den nasjonale forskerskolen i bedriftsøkonomi"), and participants not from Bergen can apply to NHH for reimbursement of travel and boarding expenses (subject to a total budget constraint). Non-NHH PhD students should send in a completed form where they apply for visiting status ("hospitant status") for "Field and Lab Experiments in Economics". The form can be found at: If you have any questions concerning participation or other administrative issues, please contact Dagny Kristiansen, Department of Economics, NHH, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway - Fax (+47) 55 95 95 43, email:

    To get credit (5 ECTS) for the course, the student should hand in and get approved a paper (maximum 15 pages) on a relevant topic within January 15, 2013. If you have questions concerning credit or other issues related to the content of the course, please contact Bertil Tungodden, email:, (+047) 55 95 92 61 or Alexander Cappelen, email: , (+047) 55 95 95 77.




    Topics: Experimental economics, economic theory

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    The course will be given intensively from October 15 - October 19, with ten lectures and student presentations. The aim of the course is to give a broad overview of ongoing research in economics using field and lab experiments, and provide the students with the necessary tools for running their own economic experiments. The course will also give the students an opportunity to present their own ongoing research.


    Learning outcomes

    The candidate has good knowledge of the research frontier in experimental economics.

    The candidate knows how to design an experiment to identify causal effects.

    The candidate has a good understanding of how to analyze experimental data.

    The candidate has a good understanding of how to use economic theory in experimental work.

    The candidate has a good understanding of the practical challenges involved in running an experiment.

  • Teaching



     Lectures/student presentations.

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Recommended : Microeconomics and Econometrics at the PhD-level.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    The students have to attend the lectures and hand in a term paper on of the topics of the course.

  • Assessment


    • Term paper (pass/fail)
    • Final deadline: January 15, 2013.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass / fail.

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools


  • Semester




  • Literature


    Collection of journal articles.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Course responsible

Bertil Tungodden , Dep. Of Economics, NHH; John List, University of Chicago