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Experimental methods for economics and business studies

The course is implemented by lectures, exercises and a mandatory project-based group work.

The course include the following parts:

  1. Introduction: What are economic and business experiments and why use them?

a) Market and game theory experiments

b) Decision theory experiments

c) Field and survey experiments

  1. Principles of experiments – Validity, control and limits.

  2. Choice of experimental design – Subjects, repetition, matching, payment.

  3. Programming a computerized experiment using zTree

  4. Conducting experiments – Instructions, testing, recruiting, sessions.

  5. Measuring techniques – Eliciting beliefs, risk attitudes, social preferences.

  6. Evaluating experimental data – A short overview

Information from the course leader

A warm welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the course Experimental methods for economics and business studies!

Below, you will find general information about the student account, registration for the course and other practical information.

The student account

You will need your student account to access e.g. your e-mail, Ladok and Canvas. For information regarding how to create your student account, follow this link:

Registration for the course

Self-registration for the course is done in Ladok between 2023-10-17–2023-10-31. Remember that you must be admitted and registered in Ladok to be able take the course. Having access to Canvas does not mean you are registered in the course and without registration, you are risking losing your place in the course. If you have been admitted to the course with conditions, you need to send your credit list to the course leader who will review it and decide if you can register. Do this as soon as possible as reviewing credits may take a few days due to the course start.

Educational support

If you are entitled extra educational support, please inform the course leader at the start of the course so that special arrangements can be made.

For educational support for an exam, see instructions in the exam registration in Ladok Student. You need to register for alternative exam arrangements no later than 10 workings days prior to the examination day. More information here:

Discontinuation of a course

If you want to discontinue the course, you should immediately notify the educational administrators at, who in turn will inform the course leader and register a non-completion of the course in Ladok after your approval. You are also able to register an early non-completion of the course (within three weeks after course start) in Ladok yourself.


You need to register for exams in Ladok. The registration closes 10 working days prior to the exam. You can find your anonymity code in Ladok Student. It's not possible to register for the exam after the deadline has passed.

On Wednesdays between 12:30-14:30 we have an exam hand out at the department (Ulls hus, 4th floor). Please remember to bring your ID-card.


Do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions!

Kind regards,
The educational administrators

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

NA0185-20181 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for NA0185

Academic year 2022/2023

Experimental methods for economics and business studies (NA0185-20094)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Experimental methods for economics and business studies (NA0185-20128)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Experimental methods for economics and business studies (NA0185-20123)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Experimental methods for economics and business studies (NA0185-20090)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

We will use "Jacquemet, N., & l'Haridon, O. (2018). Experimental economics. Cambridge University Press." as a main resource for the course and for complementary self-study. You are encouraged to get hold of a copy of the book, but you can also try to follow the lectures without it. Additional useful resources are:

- Camerer, C. F. (2011). Behavioral game theory: Experiments in strategic interaction. Princeton University Press.

- Friedman, S., Friedman, D., & Sunder, S. (1994). Experimental methods: A primer for economists. Cambridge University Press.

- Viceisza, A. C. (2012). Treating the field as a lab (Vol. 7). Intl Food Policy Res Inst.

Additional recent articles will be provided as the course progresses.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) - Master's Programme Agricultural Economics and Management - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13090 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Business Administration Economics
Course code: NA0185 Application code: SLU-20181 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 50%