Experimental Economics Research Group

Recent years have seen an enormous increase and interest in research utilizing experimental methods, both in the laboratory and in the field, to address key questions in the social sciences. Our research group aims at:

  1. generating high quality and innovative work utilizing experimental methods that relate to decision making in individual and strategic decision making situations, 
  2. advancing the University’s expertise in the emerging field of behavioural and experimental economics,
  3. maximising the economic and societal impact of research output by informing non-academic users, such as policymakers, private stakeholders, government units, third sector organisations, as well as the wider public.

Our reach aims to be as broad as possible and our explicit focus is on inter-disciplinary research collaborations to be achieved by bringing together researchers across different Schools at the University of Birmingham such as Psychology, Computer Science, Public Governance, and Social Policy.

Specifically, topics of current research projects include:

  • The performance of markets and economic institutions.
  • The role of pecuniary vs. non-pecuniary incentives.
  • Neural foundations of social collaborations.
  • The effects of different solicitation mechanisms for charitable giving and donations.
  • The impact of intergenerational transmission of values on tax compliance
  • Underpinnings of pro-social and anti-social behaviour.
  • The motives behind collaborations across organisational boundaries.
  • Understanding business cycles: The effects and implications of the interaction between inventory investment and fixed investment.
  • Brains, swarms and the equity premium puzzle.

Birmingham Experimental Economics Laboratory (BEEL)

The research of our research group is also facilitated by the use of a state of the art experimental economics laboratory, the BEEL. The laboratory has been set up in 2012 and a number of experiments have already been conducted under its auspices.

BEEL is located in Room 101 in the Business School, University House and it is equipped with 40 computer terminals, all separable from each other. The laboratory is suitable both for running individual experiments and networked experiments.

Group members

Amalia Di Girolamo

Dr Di Girolamo’s topics of current research include: a) Competitiveness vs. endurance: measuring competitiveness and risk aversion with a field and a lab experiment; b) Personality Traits in Tax Compliance; c) Peer-networking in academic journals: a gender perspective; d) The impact of interactive whiteboard on the gender gap

Michalis Drouvelis

Dr Drouvelis’ research interests are in the area of behavioural and experimental economics. Currently, his main research interests are on social preferences, on voluntary cooperation in the presence of free rider incentives, coordination games and on the impact of emotions on economic decision-making.

Daniela Raeva-Beri

Behavioural and Experimental Economics

Hector Solaz

Dr Solaz’s main research interests lie within behavioural economics. He mainly uses lab experimental methods to study the economic implications and foundations of behavioural phenomena. In particular, he focuses on the determinants of cooperation in collective actions, the emergence and enforcement of social norms, and recently the role of behavioural biases on voting.

Research Network

Our group members have a wide network with other experimental researchers across the UK as well as in Europe and North America, which provides a strong signal for our recognition at international level and demonstrates our enhanced reputation in the field of experimental and behavioural economics.

In particular, we have developed concrete links with the following international centres of excellence in behavioural science:

  • Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (University of Chicago)
  • Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, CeDEx (University of Nottingham)
  • Centre for Experimental Economics, EXEC (University of York)
  • Centre for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making, CREED (University of Amsterdam)
  • Centre for the Economic Analysis of Risk, CEAR (Georgia State University)
  • Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science, CBESS (University of East Anglia)
  • Decision Research at Warwick, DR@W (University of Warwick)
  • Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, CESS (University of Oxford)

We also have a network of distinguished external collaborators and our research group receives esteemed visitors from top institutions world-wide. Recent visitors include:

  • Al Roth (2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, Stanford University)
  • Aldo Rustichini (University of Minnesota)
  • Alex Imas (Canergie Mellon)
  • Daniel Zizzo (University of East Anglia)
  • Daniela Di Cagno (LUISS)
  • Dirk Engelmann (University of Mannheim)
  • Dorothea Kübler (WZB)
  • Ed Hopkins (University of Edinburgh)
  • Elke Renner (University of Nottingham)
  • Erte Xiao (Canergie Mellon)
  • Georg Weizsӓcker (UCL)
  • Graham Loomes (University of Warwick)
  • John Hey (University of York)
  • Jordi Brandts (Autonoma University of Barcelona)
  • Lata Gangadharan (Monash University)
  • Nick Vriend (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Roberto Weber (University of Zurich)
  • Simon Gӓchter (University of Nottingham)
  • Urs Fischbacher (University of Konstanz)