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Economics from an Experimental Perspective

Program(s): Immersion

This course is currently at capacity during the Extended and Rolling deadlines. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for second options that fulfills your interests.

*Taught Online for Summer 2021*  A growing field in which the University of Chicago has been a leader, experimental economics uses experimental methods – observing everyday interactions and decisions made by people either in the lab or in the field -- to explore economic questions ranging from how markets and other exchange systems work to what motivates people to make decisions about matters such as conserving environmental resources or donating to charitable causes. Students will participate in laboratory experiments and discuss the results, thereby learning the underlying economic principles and the economic questions that the experiments were designed to address. They will also engage in solving specific economic problems both individually and in a group. 

Daily Course Expectations

  • 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work (see definitions here)
  • 2 required synchronous session per day: 9:00 A.M. to 10:20 A.M. CST and 5:00 P.M. to 6:20 P.M. CST
  • 1 required duplicated lab session: 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. or 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. CST

Course Considerations

For students looking to get an in-depth focus of a specific form of economics. Students looking for a wider viewpoint of economics may want to check out Pathways in Economics.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 13

End Date

July 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Min Sok Lee

Academic Interest

Math and Computer Science
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

ECON 11800 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks