Topics in Advanced Microeconomics - EC885

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 7 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


This module will cover critical methods and applications in microeconomic research in order to equip students with the skills to be independent researchers.

The module will cover key game theoretic methods that are not covered in the EC883 Advanced Microeconomics and Game Theory module. The module will will provide PhD students with a working knowledge of experimental methods in economics. Primary emphasis will be put on acquiring the practical skills needed to design, run and evaluate an experiment. All main types of experiment will be covered including lab, field, choice experiments and randomized controlled trials. The module will cover important background material on the debates behind experimental methods including randomized control trials.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

100% coursework:
• Replication Study of a Research Paper (five thousand words) (50%)
• New Research Proposal (three thousand words) (50%)

Indicative reading

• Bardsley, N. and co-authors (2010). Experimental economics: Rethinking the rules. Princeton University Press.
• Cassar, A., & Friedman, D. (2004). Economics lab: an intensive course in experimental economics. Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
• Pursue original research by designing and running their own economic experiment.
• Critically assess cutting edge microeconomic research.
• Discuss in detail the relative merits of different types of experiment including lab, lab in the field, field, and randomized control trials.
• Show critical awareness of the most important issues in current microeconomic research.
• Demonstrate systematic understanding of the current debates surrounding the use of experimental methods including randomized control trials.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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