ECC3600 - Experimental economics - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Andreas Leibbrandt


Professor Andreas Leibbrandt

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


ECC1000 and ETC1000


This unit offers an introduction to experimental economics, its methods, applications, and scope to understand and affect everyday behaviour. Economic experiments have become a popular tool to test economic theory and to understand the causes for individual decisions, social decisions, and behaviours in markets. In this unit we provide examples on how economic experiments are useful to advance theory and predict economic decision-making. In addition, we provide students with the knowledge on how to design, conduct, and apply economic experiments.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand economic experiments as a scientific method
  2. understand the scope of economic experiments
  3. identify real situations in which experiments can be enlightening
  4. design an experiment capturing a real situation.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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