ExCEN, the EXperimental Economics CENter, was founded in 2006 to support research, teaching, and policy applications involving controlled experiments with human decision makers. Professor James C. Cox is the founding director of the Center.

The Center's central objective is to promote the development and application of economics and related academic disciplines as empirical social science. Ongoing research in the Center involves development of economic theory supported by data.

Teaching and research support facilities developed and maintained by the Center include the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies experimental economics laboratory and EconPort, an economics digital library recently featured in the Netwatch section of Science.  External funding is provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Core support comes from the Georgia Research Alliance and the state government.

ExCEN hosted the conference on Experiments for Export? Behavioral Experiments in Latin America co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Latin American Studies Association, April 19 – 23, 2012.

ExCEN and CEAR organized FUR XV: International Conference on Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk and Decision Theory held at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia USA, June 30 - July 3, 2012

ExCEN director, James C. Cox gave a Plenary Lecture
at the
2011 North American Meeting of the Economic Science Association.

ExCEN director, James C. Cox is Past-President of the Southern Economic Association. The 82nd Annual Meeting of SEA will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2013 - 2014

September 6

Laura Razzolini
Virginia Commonwealth University
"Taking, Giving, and Impure Altruism in Dictator Games"

October 18

Cary A. Deck
University of Arkansas
"Alliance Formation with an Opportunistic Challenger: Theory and Experiments"

March 7

Yoram Halevy
University of British Columbia
"No Two Experiments are Identical"

March 28

Judd Kessler
University of Pennsylvania
"Experimental Investigations of Deceased Organ Donation"

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2012 - 2013

August 24

Ronald Harstad
University of Missouri
"Behavioral Efficiency: Definition, Methodology, Demonstrations"

September 19

John Hey
University of York
"Assessing Multiple Prior Models of Behaviour under Ambiguity"

October 12

Matthew Harding
Stanford University
"Goal Setting and Energy Efficiency"

November 5

Arthur Schram
University of Amsterdam
"Stars Need Benefits: An Experiment on Network Formation"

January 18

James C. Cox
Georgia State University
"Provision versus Appropriation in Symmetric and Asymmetric Social Dilemmas"

March 5

Tobias F. Rötheli
University of Erfurt
"Pattern-Based Expectations in Macroeconomics"

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2011 - 2012

September 21

Uzi Segal
Boston College
"On the Likelihood of Cyclic Comparisons"

October 28

David J. Cooper
Florida State University
"The Gift of Advice: Communication in a Bilateral Gift Exchange Game"

November 15

Zhen Lei
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
"Can Official Rank Standard Affect Individuals’ Behavior in China? – A Framing Effect Investigation"

April 19

Marco Castillo
George Mason University
"Gender Differences in Bargaining Outcomes: A Field Experiment on Discrimination"

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2010 - 2011

October 22

John Duffy
University of Pittsburgh
"Equilibrium Selection in Static and Dynamic Entry Games"

October 29

Peter P. Wakker
Erasmus University
"The Impact of Experiments on the Economic Thinking about Risk Aversion and Preferences"

February 18

Myrna Wooders
Vanderbilt University
"Share Equilibrium in Local Public Good Economies"

April 1

Arno Riedl
Maastrict University
"Efficient coordination in weakest-link games"

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2009 - 2010

September 28

Angelino C. G. Viceisza
International Food Policy Research Institute
"An experiment on the impact of weather shocks and insurance on risky investment"

October 3

Elisabet Rutström
University of Central Florida
"Can virtual reality make experiments more policy relevant?"

October 9

Daniel Houser
George Mason University
"Competition for Trophies Triggers Male Generosity"

November 9

Tibor Neugebauer
University of Luxembourg
"Moral Impossibility in the Petersburg Paradox: A Literature Survey and Experimental Evidence"

January 12

Jason Shachat
Xiamen University
"Procuring Commodities: Request for Quote or Reverse Auctions?"

February 12

Bart J. Wilson
Chapman University
"An Experimental Economic History of Whalers’ Rules of Capture"

March 19

Justin Esarey
Emory University
"A Formal Test of Substantive Significance"

ExCEN Distinguished Lecture Series
Academic Year 2008 - 2009

December 5, 2008

Charles R. Plott
California Institute of Technology
"Electronic Bushbroker Exchange: Designing a Combinatorial Double Auction for Native Vegetation Offsets"

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2008 - 2009

September 5

James C. Cox
Georgia State University
"Is There a Plausible Theory for Decision Under Risk"

November 7

Daniel Friedman
University of California at Santa Cruz
"Humans, Robots and Market Crashes: A Laboratory Study"

January 9

John Wooders
University of Arizona
"Does Experience Teach? Professionals and Minimax Play in the Lab"

February 2

Erin L. Krupka
IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany
"Identifying Social Norms Using Coordination Games:Why Does Dictator Game Sharing Vary?"

February 4

Douglas Norton
Florida State University
"Endogenous Production Technology in a Public Goods Enterprise"

February 11

Ulrich Schmidt
University of Kiel
"Errors, Splitting Effect, and Violations of Independence"

February 18

David M. Bruner
Appalachian State University
"Be My Guinea Pig: Information Spillovers in a One-Armed Bandit Game"

March 20

Yan Chen
University of Michigan
"Social Comparisons and Contributions to Online Communities: A Field Experiment on MovieLens"

April 30

Jan Tuinstra
University of Amsterdam
"The Overcharge as a Measure for Antitrust Damages"

ExCEN Distinguished Lecture Series
Academic Year 2007 - 2008

October 17,

Peter P. Wakker
Erasmus University and Maastricht University
"Improving Rational Insurance Decisions by Providing Clients with Risk Information"

Experimental Economics Seminars
Academic Year 2007 - 2008

September 7

Kurt E. Schnier
University of Rhode Island
"Common Property, Information and Cooperation: Commercial Fishing in the Bering Sea"

September 14

Monica Capra
Emory University
"Neurobiological Probability Weighting over Losses"

March 21

Tim Salmon
Florida State University
"Market Power and Risk Sharing Contracts"

April 7

Bodo Vogt
University of Magdeberg
"Indirect Partner Interaction in Peer-to-Peer Networks: Stimulating Cooperation by Means of Structure"

April 10

Catherine Eckel
University of Texas at Dallas
"Encouraging Giving: Subsidies in the Field"

April 18

Jean-Louis Rulliere
Université Lumière Lyon 2
"Monitoring Optimistic Agents"




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