12th BESLab Experimental Economics Summer School

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24-06-19 to 30-06-19
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The aim of this summer school is to introduce young macroeconomists to experimental approaches of research. Macroeconomic theories have traditionally been tested using non-experimental "field" data. However, modern, micro-founded macroeconomic models can also be tested in the laboratory, and researchers are increasingly pursuing such experimental tests. Graduate students and young faculty specializing in macroeconomics or experimental economics are invited to attend this intensive 5-day summer school.

The summer school will be held from June 24 to 30, 2019 at University of Ottawa, Canada. Students will be taught experimental methods and are introduced to various topics of experimental research relevant for macroeconomics, such as growth, labor, monetary exchange, financial crises, equilibrium selection and stability. Students will be asked to participate in experiments and to develop their own experimental macroeconomic projects in groups of 3 or 4 students. Faculty will assist with and critique these projects. The different links on the top of this page will give you access to details regarding the particulars of the summer school in experimental macroeconomics.

The summer school consists of 5 days of teaching with 9-10 lectures á 90 minutes by the faculty, 4-5 experiments, 5 group sessions of 90 minutes each, and a final session in which student groups present their proposals and get comments from the faculty. Faculty members will also help during the group sessions for counseling students. Students can also submit research proposals as part of their summer school application, though this is not a requirement for participation in the summer school. Indeed, one purpose of the summer school is to start new research projects and think of macroeconomic topics and models that can be implemented in the laboratory or in field experiments in a way that advances our knowledge of behavior and our understanding of macroeconomics. Past participants have published articles based on their summer school projects in high-ranked journals.

Summer school students are expected to attend the 2-day 10th BESLab International Workshop on Theoretical and Experimental Macroeconomics from June 25-262019 that will take place at the Bank of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2019. The participation fee is 300 Euros/350 USD /450 CAD. There is a possibility of financial support to students who need financial assistance subject to funding availability.

We have blocked shared accommodation in two-bedroom units at 90 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (https://www.uottawa.ca/housing/compare-residences/90university). The rate is 125 CAD/night/unit.

Lecturers and Organizers


  • Frank Heinemann (Technische Universität Berlin)
  • Janet Jiang (Bank of Canada)
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