Author Archives: Jeroen Nieboer

z-Tree course: February 16-17 2016

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Björn Hartig teaching the z-tree course

On February 16 and 17 2016, the London Behavioural and Experimental Economics Group (LBEG) will organise a 2-day course in z-Tree programming, aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in the London area. The course will be hosted by the London School of Economics.

The course will be taught by Dr. Björn Hartig, experimental lab officer at Royal Holloway University of London. Participation is free but places are limited.

The course is aimed at beginners and intermediate users. On the first day, we will start with the basics of z-Tree experiments and screen design. Based on the needs of the participants we will progress to more advanced topics. The course will be very interactive and, by the end of second day, participants will be able to design and program various standard economic games, as well as implement their own experimental designs.

To sign up, please e-mail Jeroen Nieboer at j.nieboer [at]

London PhD Experimental Economics workshop: call for papers

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The London PhD Experimental Economics Workshop aims to provide a forum for doctoral students and young researchers in the field of experimental economics to get in touch with each other, present their work and receive feedback from more experienced members of the community. This event will be attended by many LBEG members and is a great example of the growing community of experimentalists around London.

The workshop will take place on 4/12/2015 at the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Professor Rosemarie Nagel will be the plenary speaker.

We welcome papers by PhD students working in any field of economics using experimental methods to study human decision making. If you would like to present please email a paper or an extended abstract (maximum 2 pages describing your research question, your design and your findings) to In your submission please include the name of the presenter, any coauthors, your affiliation and a contact email address. The deadline for applications is 15/10/2015.

Thanks to grants by RES and ESRC there is no registration fee and we will provide lunch. Unfortunately we cannot cover presenters’ travel or accommodation expenses.

For more information please visit or send an email to

Special lecture by Prof. Max Bazerman: September 1

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Professor Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Strauss professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, will be giving a talk at LSE on September the 1st, 2015. Prof. Bazerman will be speaking on “The Morality of Joint versus Separate Decisions”.

Date/time: September 1, 5:00-6:30pm
Location: LSE Tower 1, lecture theatre TW1.G.01

We look forward to welcoming you at LSE for this talk. Over the course of his impressive career, Prof. Bazerman has made key contributions to our understanding of negotiation, a wide range of ethical issues and decision making. We are honoured to have him as our guest.

We advise you to arrive about 10 minutes early so you’re guaranteed a seat. Please note that Houghton Street is closed due to construction work – you can access Tower 1 from the Aldwych entrance next to the Royal Courts of Justice (both Tower 1 and the campus entrance are encircled on the map below).

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Z-Tree workshop at LSE

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Björn Hartig teaching the z-tree course

Last week, the LBEG hosted its first event for PhD students and early career researchers: a workshop in Z-Tree, the experimental software. We were lucky enough to host Dr. Björn Hartig, from Royal Holloway University of London, as teacher for the two-day session. Björn has been a lab manager both at Royal Holloway and the University of Cologne, and has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Z-Tree.

The course, which filled up in a very short time, taught the participants how to design, program and test their own experiments in Z-Tree. We had people attending from across London: Middlesex University, King’s College, UCL, LSE and Royal Holloway. We were very happy to be able to host everyone at the LSE and will definitely be organising this course again in the future!

Peter Wakker/Shaun Hargreaves Heap seminar

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Yesterday was the first LBEG seminar at the Senate House – thanks for all who attended and made it a success. The talks from Peter Wakker and Shaun Hargreaves Heap were very well received and there was lots of debate, both before and after the seminar. It was very fitting that the talks – one on individual decision-making and the other on pro-sociality – covered both “sides of behavioural economics”, as Prof. Hargreaves Heap remarked in his talk.

We were pleased to see that the seminar attracted many young researchers from various London universities – a sign that behavioural and experimental economics is a field with an exciting future in London. We look forward to seeing you again at the next seminar with Graham Loomes as our external speaker.

The paper that Prof. Wakker presented in his talk can be found here.