The Experimental Economics Laboratory at the University of Melbourne was officially
opened on 23 August, 2007 by Professor Nilss Olekalns, Head of the
Department of Economics, and Mr Grant Hehir, Secretary of the Victorian Department
of Treasury and Finance (DTF).
The laboratory was jointly funded by the Faculty of Economics and Commerce and
the Department of Economics, as well as the Victorian Government, which made a significant
financial investment. The aim of its opening was to promote the use of
experimental methods in economics research and policy making.
The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility with 30 fully partitioned
work-stations and a separate experimenter's office. The main software program used for
experiments is z-Tree, but we have also run experiments using EconPort,
VeconLab, as well as other types of in-house designed software.
The Experimental Economics Laboratory is open for use by both university
staff members and other interested parties. All users need to follow
the guidelines for laboratory use.
On March 26, 2009 an experiment run at the laboratory was featured on ABC's 'Catalyst'.
Click here to view the programme (the relevant part starts at 5'.25").