LINEEX

LINEEX (Valencia, Spain)

LINEEX is the Laboratory for Research in Experimental Economics, a research facility of ERI-CES (the Center for Research in Social and Economic Behavior, at the University of Valencia). During the last year, LINEEX has run more than 100 experimental session with more than 4.000 experimental subjects.

LINEEX’s IT infrastructures provides the research team with the most appropriate technical resources to design, develop and run economic experiments. LINEEX is one of the largest laboratories in the world, with a main room with an 8×8 matrix of workstations (64 computers). It is a permanent research facility used by worldwide experimentalists. Besides this offline capability, LINEEX is used to programme online experiments using its mobile laboratory composed 12 laptops and 30 tablets.

At the outset LINEEX worked with z-Tree, the most common toolbox programmed in C++ for economic experiments. Although it is still being used for many experiments, LINEEX has updated its capabilities and is now able to programme Web experiments in Yii (A high-performance PHP, JavaScript, jQuery and HTML framework best for developing Web 2.0 applications) and Android thought Java language. Hardware and software are installed, maintained and supported by the IT department who is also able to assist users and experimentalists on their projects.

LINEEX has five servers hosting different computing purposes. One of them is a virtual server hosted by the computing centre of the University of Valencia, and provides the highest standards in computing capacity, real time monitorization, reliability and security. It is connected by a super-high bandwidth connection to the Spanish academic and research network (RedIRIS), which is also connected to the main European and worldwide research networks. The other four are located in LINEEX servers’ room, all of them composed by quad-core server-specific processors. They are used to perform different tasks, (i.e) solving mathematical programming problems, running simulations, implementing complex data analysis, big data processing, testing our in-development web applications or serving as a software repository. One of these four also performs periodic backups of all the data generated in the lab, and adequately stores it in a set of network hard drivers (4 TB in total), remotely accessible and user/password protected. All servers and information contained fully accomplish Spanish regulation in terms of NDA and data protection.

For further information please visit the LINEEX website.


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NECTUNT (Zaragoza, Spain)

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Nectunt Lab is devoted to the study of cooperative behavior in diverse scientific fields, including the biological and social sciences. Methodologically, we make use of evolutionary game theory and computer simulations to build models that are informed by our findings in controlled experiments, both on-site and online, where we study how humans behave in a number of strategic situations and scenarios. Eventually, a better understanding of humans’ behavioral responses could help developing the largest simulator of human behavior up to date, with the ultimate goal of answering questions such as: What are the mechanisms and real motivations that promote the emergence and evolution of cooperation in humans? How individuals behave in different contexts? How financial bubbles are formed? How does the group size influence collective behavior?

In order to perform our experiments, we are now asking volunteers to subscribe to our Lab database. Help us and join the team by volunteering to the experiments. You will be paid! Please, check the info below to know how to join. And thanks for your cooperation.

For further information please visit the NECTUNT website.


LEE (Getafe, España)

Currently, the use of laboratory experiments to study economic phenomena is a common practice. Conducting laboratory experiments allows for the generation of data while controlling for aspects of the environment that are unobservable in real economic situations. Researchers of the Department / Institute of Economics frequently conduct laboratory experiments.  Participants of LEE experiments receive monetary compensation and have the opportunity to see economic theory in action.
For further information please visit the LEE website.


CREED

CeNDEF-CREED (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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The Center of Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance is a research institute at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. At CeNDEF senior researchers, post-doctoral research fellows and PhD students work on complex economic systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. The research also involves experiments which are carried out at  The Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision making (CREED) lab. CREED is a research institute at the Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, University of Amsterdam. Its research program consists of three main projects:

  1. Economics of Political Decision Making. The project focuses on the analysis of the behavior of political decision makers, its consequences for government policies, and the impact on the economy.

  2. Bounded Rationality and Institutions. In this project fundamental aspects of individual decision making are investigated.

  3. Experimental Economics.Here the method of laboratory experimentation is used to study economic problems. Research in this project is particularly stimulated by, and provides feedback for, the two projects mentioned above.

CREED has two laboratories and one reception room in which the subjects can be briefed before the experiment starts (conveniently between the two laboratories). One lab has 32 cubicles with computers and the other one 23 cubicles. Both laboratories are connected to the same network and fileserver which makes it possible to run sessions with up to 55 participants. All computers have Windows installed. In addition we have a mobile lab for outdoor experiments using a wireless network, with 20 MacBooks which can run mac OSX or Windows.

For further information please visit the  CeNDEF  and the  CREED websites or  contact us at ibsen@uva.nl.


CEBEG (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

The Cambridge Experimental and Behavioural Economics Group (CEBEG) is a research group established to facilitate and advance experimental research in economics and management at the University of Cambridge.

Apart from bringing together researchers who are interested in experimental research in the social sciences arena, CEBEG provides an experimental laboratory and a subject pool database for University members. CEBEG is a joint initiative between the Faculty of Economics and Cambridge Judge Business School, both departments of the University of Cambridge. Within the Faculty of Economics, CEBEG sits under the aegis of the Centre for Research in Microeconomics (CReMic).

Features of CEBEG:

  • Lab space with 26 computers, equipped with z-Tree (Zurich Toolbox for Readymade Economic Experiments) experimental software. Researchers can run both stand-alone and networked experiments. There is also space for experiments involving personal interaction or team work
  • A participant pool of over 600 members mostly comprised of University of Cambridge students. Invitations for experiments can be sent to the entire participant pool or can be targeted based on gender, age, and other characteristics
  • An online registration system that enables researchers and participants to conveniently schedule and sign up for experiments
  • Regular workshops and other interdisciplinary platforms to exchange knowledge on social science experiments
For further information please visit the CEBEG website.