The Choice Lab - Experimental Economics Online
The Choice Lab aims to tie NHH researchers who work within experimental economics tighter together, and to strengthen the group's position both at home and abroad. Among their tools are three brand new web based channels.
23.01.2012 - Hallvard Lyssand
This morning, Professor Bertil Tungodden at NHH's Department of Economics presented a new home page, a facebook page and a twitter page under the umbrella The Choice Lab.
The Choice Lab is a formalisation and a strengthening of the ties between the NHH researchers who work in experimental economics.
"Our aim with establishing The Choice Lab is to gather the researchers at the department who use experimental methods, whether in the lab or in the field, and make them more visible, Professor Tungodden explains.
The research group has a core that consists of Tungodden and his department colleagues Alexander W. Cappelen, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Ingvild Almås and Erik Ø Sørensen.
They are joined by a group of post doctoral researchers, PhD-students and master's students.
In addition to cooperation with other NHH researchers, The Choice Lab have affiliates at a number of institutions, from the universities in Bergen, Oslo and Copenhagen, by way of Vienna and Zürich to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley and several others.
The main aim for everyone involved is that they wish to learn more about how people make economic and moral choices. A further aim is that the insights from the research can help governments, corporations and NGOs make better decisions.
Besides experiments, The Choice Lab's activities count seminars and conferences both at NHH and other places.
In December The Choice Lab co-hosted a conference at The University of California, Berkeley in cooperation with Berkeley researchers.
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External and internal Motivation
The reasons for establishing of the different web pages are both external and internal, according to Tungodden.
"As mentioned we wish to make the research group visible both at home and internationally, and to become a distinct and important group within the field in question. The homepage and the twitter page will be our main channels toward other researchers and groups at home and abroad, the media and the rest of the world," he says.
"The internal motivation is to build team spirit. This means that we have to secure a steady and reliable flow of information and make everyone involved feel that they truly are part of the group. This is where the facebook page comes into the picture. This is where The Choice Lab's daily life will take place," Tungodden concludes.
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