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ERL researchers are looking for members of the Texas A&M University (College Station) community to participate in experimental sessions. Head on over to our registration page and sign up for notifications about upcoming experiments. We will contact you when a space becomes available; you can then accept or decline the invitation. Participants are paid based on the decisions they make, in cash, at the end of the experimental session. Plus, your responses help us to understand how individuals make decisions in different settings.

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The Department of Economics at TAMU participates at the ESA meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. - Oct 23, 2014

Faculty and PhD students of the Department of Economics presented their research at the Economics Science Association (ESA) North American meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The conference gathers some of the most important personalities and researchers of the Economic Science. This year the keynote speakers were John Kagel (Ohio State) and Rebecca Morton (NYU), both former faculty at Texas A&M University. This year’s program included a special ceremony in memory of John Van Huyck, former faculty of our department, who died on September 11, 2014. The ceremony showed the great appreciation and respect for John, both as a researcher of great intellectual stature and as a great colleague in the discipline. Catherine Eckel, Alex Brown and  Ajalavat Viriyavipart (grad student) offered their personal memories of John, while David Cooper (FSU); friend, colleague and coauthor, put in perspective  John’s great contributions to the discipline of Experimental and Behavioral Economics. The presenters and research topics during the conference were the following (in session order):

  • Ajalavat Viriyavipart, “Equilibrium Selection in Global Entry Games with Strategic Substitutes and Complements.”
  • Catherine Eckel, “Inconsistency Pays.”
  • Zhengzheng Wang, “An Experimental Analysis of the Non-constant-sum Colonel Blotto Game.”
  • Daniel Stephenson, “Evolutionary Preference Revelation Dynamics under School Choice Mechanisms.”
  • Haley Harwell, “When does Punishment Enhance Cooperation?”
  • José Gabriel Castillo, “Four Classic Public Goods Experiments: A replication study.”
  • Alexander Brown, “Exploding Offers with Experimental Consumer Goods.”

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Dr. John Van Huyck (September 11, 2014) - Sep 11, 2014

The Economic Research Laboratory is deeply saddened to report the passing of a founder and current co-director of the ERL, Dr. John Van Huyck. John’s experimental research on coordination, performed at A&M, permanently altered how economists thought about game theory as well as how future game theory experiments were designed. He will be sorely missed. For more details about his life, click here and his research, click here

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Experimental Research Presented in Prague, Czech Republic at Economic Science Association Conference (September 6, 2014) - Sep 06, 2014

Several members of the ERL team, including Catherine Eckel, Haley Harwell, and Daniel Stephenson attended the conference and presented new experimental research. Topics included labor markets, field experiments, market design, and social norms at the 2014 European Economic Science Association Meetings in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Economic Research Laboratory Graduate Staff Receive Faculty Appointments. - Aug 19, 2014

Three ERL graduate student staff members completed their PhDs this year. In all three of their theses, experimental economics research, done in the ERL, played a prominent role. All three will move on to faculty positions. J. Forrest Williams will be a new assistant professor in the Economics Department at Portland State University; Xiaoyuan Wang will be a new assistant professor in the School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China ; Hui-Chun Peng will be a new assistant professor at Tunghai University.

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