Summer Workshops in Experimental Economics Offered for High School Students

Posted: June 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniela Matarazzo

The Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, located at Mason’s Arlington Campus, will once again host Northern Virginia high school students for the Vernon L. Smith Workshops in Experimental Economics, beginning June 25.

Named for Mason professor and 2002 Nobel laureate, Vernon L. Smith, the workshops are designed to attract students who may not have the opportunity to study economics at their high schools. The workshops will expose them to the foundations of economic analysis using experimental economics.

The day begins with an economics experiment in which students can earn cash based upon their decisions. The experiment is followed by a lecture and another experiment or discussion problem. The day ends with a team problem. Game theory, auctions, public goods and electricity markets are explored.

This summer two sessions are offered: June 25–29 and July 9–13. The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applications will be accepted on a space available basis. If accepted, the cost is a $50 lab fee.

All students are invited to register, even those with no previous course work in economics. The program’s directors use this time to identify promising students for internships and even pre- and postdoctoral fellowships in economics.

Sponsored by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, the workshops have already served more than 450 high school students and more than 75 high school economics teachers.

For more information and to apply, e-mail Yoanna Ganeva at

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