• Labor Market Discrimination Activity

    Labor market discrimination   (experiment)   As employers, students make hiring decisions with incomplete information. Illustrates inefficiencies from discrimination.
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  • Job Search Activity

    Job search   (experiment)   Students accept or reject wage offers, highlighting search costs and labor market interactions.
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  • Statistical Discrimination Activity

    Statistical discrimination (experiment) Web-based game with students acting as employers and workers. Can also be done manually without internet access
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  • Compensating Differentials Activity

    Compensating differentials   (experiment)   Pairs of students negotiate completion of two tasks, one pleasant and one unpleasant.
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  • Market Concentration Activity

    Market concentration (experiment) Students must make production decisions over several periods as the market becomes more concentrated. There are several variations of this experiment available (for example, see here...
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  • Parking Game Activity

    Parking game   (experiment)   In the role of commuters, students choose among parking lots in multiple rounds with different forms of price discrimination.
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  • Prisoner's Dilema Activity

    Prisoner's Dilema (experiment) Students must decide to collude or compete when faced with the standard Prisoner's Dilema payoff matrix. [oligopoly] There are several sources/variations of this experiment (such as h...
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  • Market Entry/Exit Activity

    Market entry/exit (experiment) As producers, students choose one of four markets to enter and observe how profits respond. [entry/exit, long-run] Also see Variations here and here
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  • Free Riding Activity

    Free riding (experiment) Students are asked to contribute to a public good; free-riding inevitably ensues. (public goods, free-riding) There are many variations of this game (e.g., see Games Economists Play) For l...
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  • Common Property Activity

    Common Property (experiment) Students jointly own a common resource and must make consumption decisions over multiple rounds. Here are many variations of this game, generally using different goods as the common res...
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  • Public Goods and Sorting Activity

    Public goods and sorting   (experiment)   Students vote on provision of a public good; in subsequent rounds, students may move to different communities with different provision levels.
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  • Barbeque Externalities Activity

    Barbeque externalities (experiment, collaborative) Students must negotiate an efficient outcome to deal with an externality. Property rights are assigned differently to different pairs of students. In larger classe...
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  • Pollution Rights Activity

    Pollution rights Students must find the least-cost method to arrive at target pollution levels. There are many variations/alternatives (see here and here)
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  • Widget Production Activity

    Widget production Students have fixed capital and must create ëwidgetsí (folded and stapled paper); labor is increased in each round. Resulting production data is used to calculate total, marginal and averag...
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  • Just to See You Smile Activity

    Just to See You Smile   (Econ video, song by Tim McGraw)   Singer will do 'anything' for his girlfriend, indicating his demand for her is perfectly inelastic.
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  • Impact of Federal Deficits Activity

    Impact of federal deficits (cooperative learning) Students analyze different endings to a fable about government debt. Answer to follow-up questions could be collected using clickers
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  • Lucas Island Activity

    Lucas island   (experiment)   In each round, announcements about Fed policies impact the business cycle and students make decisions about how many hours to work when their real wage is uncertain.
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  • Money Creation Activity

    Money creation   (experiment)   By taking on roles as bankers, loan customers and business firms in simulated markets for loans and investment, students see how money is created.
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  • Money and Banking Simulation Activity

    Money and banking simulation (experiment) Students participate in a trading simulation, first without banks, then local banks and then a central bank.  
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  • Teaching Bank Runs with Classroom Experiments Activity

    Teaching Bank Runs with Classroom Experiments Journal of Economic Education 42(3) 2011   (experiment)   Students act as depositers who must decide when to withdraw their funds. Article provides informat...
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