zTree tutorial, March 29th

Ernesto Reuben has very kindly accepted to offer a 3-hour tutorial on programming experiments in ZTree.  ZTree is an open source software especially designed for experiments; it is the software most widely used in labs and is available on CELSS’ computers.  If you are thinking of trying your hand at an experimental project, learning the basics of ZTree will make your life much easier.

The ZTree tutorial will take place on Friday March 29th from 2 to 5 pm.  If you are nterested  in attending, please send an email to Sebastien Turban at st2511@columbia.edu.  Registration is required.  The deadline for registration is March  15th. If you would like to attend but have a time conflict, please let Sebastien know if a different time that same day would work better for you.

Experiments in Macroeconomics and Financial Economics

The Program for Economic Research at Columbia University is sponsoring a conference on experiments in Macroeconomics and Financial Economics organized by Ricardo Reis and Michael Woodford on Friday, March 1st. A description of the conference follows, and more information is provided at the link:

While experimental methodologies — both laboratory experiments and field experiments — have become an important addition to the methods of empirical inquiry in various branches of microeconomics, they are less common in macroeconomics and finance, perhaps because of the greater complexity of the systems studied. However, experimental methods have important advantages in these areas as well, particularly as ways of understanding better the role of expectations and information in determining market outcomes, a central issue for both macroeconomics and finance. This conference brings together leading contributors to the new area of experimental macroeconomics and finance, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Columbia Experimental Laboratory for the Social Sciences.