The Birmingham Experimental Economics Laboratory

The Birmingham Experimental Economics Laboratory (BEEL) is based in the Business School at the University of Birmingham. Experiments conducted at BEEL focus on research into individual and strategic decision making.

Director of BEEL - Dr Michalis Drouvelis

Related Staff - Giovanna d'Adda | Amalia Di Girolamo | Daniela Raeva-Beri

PhD students - Hamideh Mohtashami Borzadaran (Lab Manager) | Graeme Pearce | Humera Khan

Volunteer to participate


At BEEL we conduct research into how people make decisions. For that we require the participation of volunteers.

No special skills or prior knowledge are required, and most participants will receive a reward (normally cash).

Research, Collaborations and visitors

Members of BEEL contribute to research on individual and strategic decision-making using controlled laboratory and field experiments. BEEL has contributed to the development of the experimental literature testing economic theories and analysing behaviour in markets and games. Special topics of interest include:

  • The formation and performance of economic institutions
  • Social comparisons and other-regarding preferences in strategic interactions
  • Motives for charitable donations
  • The role of pecuniary vs. non-pecuniary incentives
  • Determinants of anti-social behaviour

A distinguishing characteristic of BEEL is our interdisciplinary collaborations which bring together researchers across different Schools from the University of Birmingham such as the School of Psychology, the School of Computer Science and the School of Government and Society.

BEEL also has a network of distinguished external collaborators and receives esteemed visitors from top institutions in the UK and overseas. Recent visitors to BEEL include:

  • Al Roth (Stanford University) - see Al Roth speak about his visit.
  • Aldo Rustichini (University of Minnesota)
  • Dorothea Kübler (WZB)
  • Ed Hopkins (University of Edinburgh)
  • Elke Renner (University of Nottingham)
  • Georg Weizs?cker (UCL)
  • Graham Loomes (University of Warwick)
  • John Hey (University of York)
  • Jordi Brandts (Autonoma unniversity of Barcelona)
  • Lata Gangadharan (Monash University)
  • Nick Vriend (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Roberto Weber (University of Zurich)
  • Simon G?chter (University of Nottingham)
  • Urs Fischbacher (University of Konstanz)

Brit Grosskopf discusses the activities of BEEL

The Birmingham Experimental Economics Laboratory was founded in 2012 by Professor Brit Grosskopf.