Essex Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (ExCess)
ExCess is a world leading centre for Experimental Social Sciences.
ExCess is bringing together researchers across the social sciences and continues to push intellectual and policy boundaries, while training and supporting the next generation of experimental social scientists for the future.
Research interests, projects and publications have been wide-ranging from lab experiments testing economic theory, to interventions in the field and large survey studies.
The Eastern Arc workshop will take place on September 8th and 9th at the University of Kent and feature lots of interesting research by ExCESS members including Ahrash Dianat, Friederike Mengel, Ceren Baysan, Simon Weidenholzer and Lisa Spantig.
Two ExCESS members' research is forthcoming in JEBO. Find the article below:
Dennie van Dolder will be joining as the director of Essex Lab. Dennie says: "Controlled experiments are an invaluable tool to learn more about human judgment and decision making. As director of ESSEXLab, I will dedicate myself to promote and facilitate experimental social science research at the University of Essex. I am excited to join such a vibrant academic community.”
ExCESS members Christoph Siemroth and Simon Weidenholzer have first results for their ESRC grant. Under the grant they use experimental methods both in the lab and in the field to understand how and why people use fintech, such as robo-advice, crowdfunding platforms, and copy-trading. In a first study they discovered that crowdfunding is popular, because it allows investors to choose exactly what project their funds are used for, which is not possible when investing through more conventional channels such as banks or funds.
Research on the effects of WFH on productivity by ExCESS members Friederike Mengel and Christoph Siemroth receives a lot of attention in media around the world.
Extensions of the SEIR Model for the Analysis of Tailored Social Distancing and Tracing Approaches to Cope with Covid19 (joint with V. Grimm and M. Schmidt), Scientific Reports (2021), 11:4214.
Do Markets Encourage Risk-Seeking Behavior? (joint with R. Peeters), European Journal of Finance (WEHIA special issue), in press.
Gender Differences in Networking, Economic Journal, 130(630) (2020), 1842-1873.
Compliance Behavior in Networks (joint with F. Drago and C. Traxler), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 12(2) (2020), 1-40.
Experiments on Belief Formation in Networks (joint with V. Grimm), Journal of the European Economic Association 18(1) (2020), 49-82. *selected for editor’s choice collection virtual issue June 19
Strategy Revision Opportunities and Collusion (joint with M. Embrey and R. Peeters), Experimental Economics 22(4) (2019), 834-856.
Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations (joint with J. Sauermann and U. Zoelitz), Journal of the European Economic Association 17(2) (2019), 535-566.
Burke, M., Gonzalez, F., Baylis, P., Heft-Neal, S., Baysan, C. and Hsiang, S., (2020). Reply to: Temporal displacement, adaptation and the effect of climate on suicide rates. Nature Climate Change. 10 (6), 502-504.