The Eighteenth Graduate Student Workshop was held at Chapman University on January 6-10, 2013
In a series of 10 sessions, the students first participated in an experiment as a naive subject would and then discussed with the faculty member the research questions and methods of the project. Topics included: Durable Goods, Biological Foundations of Economics, Contests, Endogenous Institutions, Complex Normal Form Games, Money, Virtual Firms, Effort versus Luck, Inter-primate Comparisons, and Neuroeconomics.
In response to feedback from previous participants, Vernon Smith and Bart Wilson for the first time led Socratic roundtable discussions each morning for which the students in advance had read essays and selections of writings by W.S. Jevons, F.A. Hayek, and Adam Smith (The Theory of Moral Sentiments).
The students left the workshop with a deeper appreciation for the philosophy of economic science, the practical skills for conducting experimental research, and a broader exposure to new questions that researchers are exploring with economic experiments.
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