University of Queensland’s Experimental Economics Laboratory (UQEEL)

UQEEL is located on Level 2 of the Colin Clark Building. The lab contains 30 PCs plus an instructor machine. The desks contain dividers which can be used to separate participants during the running of an experiment. The lab also contains an alcove (with a desk) that can be used for payment purposes. The School of Economics shares access to the lab with the library on a 50% basis.

UQEEL is available for booking by staff members and postgraduate students of the School of Economics at the University of Queensland for conducting research in experimental economics.

If you are interested in participating in an experiment you can sign up here: orsee.economics.uq.edu.au/public

For more information please contact the Laboratory Manager: Kenan Kalayci.

Guidelines for using Experimental Economics Laboratory (UQEEL)

All users of the laboratory must adhere to the guidelines

General Guidelines
  • UQEEL is available for booking by staff members and postgraduate students of the School of Economics at the University of Queensland for conducting research in experimental economics.
  • All researchers using the laboratory agree to abide to the principles widely accepted by experimental economists (see Friedman and Sunder, 1994). Deviations from these principles jeopardize the credibility of all experimental data and as such will not be permitted.
  • All researchers using the volunteer database agree to protect the reputation of the laboratory to its subjects. This implies that experiments should start on time and finish on time. Advertised experiments for which participants have been invited should not be cancelled nor should the advertised time/venue be changed. To prevent this from happening researchers should take all possible care (e.g. run pilots) prior to requesting that the Lab Manager recruit subjects.
  • Researchers using the volunteer database will be emailed a list of registered participants prior to each session. Researchers will report back to the Lab Manager on those participants who actually participated in the experiment and those who did not show up. Such information is necessary to maintain the integrity of the database.
  • The required ethics clearance must be obtained prior to running any experiments. Evidence of such clearance must be provided to the lab manager at the time of booking.
Booking Process
  • Researchers wishing to conduct experiments will be able to schedule experiments by placing a request directly to the Laboratory Manager via email. The latter will place a booking in the booking chart in the ORSEE database. Available times can be viewed in calendar at orsee.economics.uq.edu.au/public/.
  • Users MUST book the lab for experiments, and recruit subjects using the laboratory subject management system. Users should do this through the Laboratory Manager who has access to the software. At least one week’s notice is required, in order to facilitate scheduling and to recruit subjects.
  • The lab is available for running experiments on two full days each week and one half day. On full days, experiments can be scheduled from 8am-6pm, and on the half day from 8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm. The lab manager should be contacted for details of days and times, as these are subject to change each semester. Use of the lab after hours can also be arranged (with sufficient notice).
  • A user can submit advanced booking requests for using the lab for research for up to four weeks subject to the following conditions. During any weekday, a user can make a request for advanced booking for the next four weeks, starting from the Monday of the following week, and such requests will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, for such advanced booking, a user cannot reserve the lab for more than 12 regular hours for a particular week.
  • Once a week has started, that is, starting from 9am, Monday, users can send in requests for booking the lab for any days in the following week for running experiments or in the current week for testing purposes. The restrictions stipulated in the point above do not apply for such short notice bookings. That is, so long as there are time slots available at the time of request, a user can reserve as many hours for using the lab as he/she wants at the time of request.
  • Users may book the lab for other purposes (for example testing software) if they want to guarantee access. This should be done through the Laboratory Manager who will register the booking on the on‐line laboratory diary.
  • If the laboratory is not reserved, then normally it will be available for software testing on a first‐come first‐served basis usually for a period up to two hours.
Software
  • The lab is equipped with the software z-tree. However, z-tree requires that every individual researcher obtains his or her own personal license (which is free, see http://www.iew.uzh.ch/ztree/index.php). A pre-condition for conducting experiments using the z-tree software installed at UQEEL is that the user has obtained this license from z-tree, and it is the responsibility of the user to satisfy this licensing requirement prior to using the facilities at UQEEL.
  • If researchers plan to use software that does not exist in the lab, they must notify the Laboratory Manager and ensure that the software is installed in the computers in the lab before inviting subjects to participate in an experiment. It is the researcher’s responsibility to ensure that the necessary software is installed.
  • For assistance with IT problems when using the lab, researchers should contact directly the Library Technology Service Help Line on 3346 3600. A brief email should also be sent to the Lab Manager (after completing the session) describing the IT issue to enable the Manager to monitor any recurrent issues.
Complaints and Violations
  • Complaints regarding the use and operation of the laboratory should be sent via email to the Lab Manager.
  • Complaints regarding the Lab Manager should be sent via email to the Chair of the Infrastructure committee.
  • In case of a violation of the guidelines, the Lab Manager is expected to raise the issue with the responsible academic. If the problem is not resolved then the Lab Manager is obliged to inform the Chair of the Infrastructure Committee.
  • The lab manager has the right to restrict access to the laboratory to any party (academic or not) that systematically violate the guidelines thus undermining the reputation of the laboratory.