2013 IFREE-Sponsored Summer Scholars Program

June 16-July 26, 2013


Six students, ranging from an entering college freshman to an undergraduate senior, spent six weeks at Chapman University working as research assistants and designing new experiments in the Summer Scholars program, led by Chapman University professor Bart Wilson and post-doctoral scholars Cortney Rodet and David Rojo Arjona, all of the Economic Science Institute.

The students deepened their understanding of experimental design, history, philosophy, and human behavior by reading and discussing daily a range of interdisciplinary texts, including Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Thomas Schellings’s Micromotives and Macrobehavior, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Patricia Fara’s Science: A Four Thousand Year History, Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World, and a number of experimental economics articles.

This collaborative experience provided the young scholars from Chapman University (2), Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame University, and University of Virginia the opportunity to experience firsthand the process of research in experimental economics. Continuing from last summer, one summer scholar, Bradley Sherwood, worked with Bart Wilson and last year’s Summer Scholar mentor, Prof. Jan Osborn to complete a draft of a working paper entitled, “Conduct in Narrativized Trust Games”.

Check out the update on the publication of “Conduct in Narrativised Trust Games,” where you can also read the full paper.