Project title Experimental Methods: Inducing Group Identity in the lab
Duration  8 weeks
Description

Group identity is commonly defined as a person's sense of belonging to a particular social group. While standard economic analysis focuses on individual-level incentives in decision making, group identity has been shown to be a central concept in understanding phenomena in social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and political science (Chen, & Li, 2009).

Purpose of the project is to review the methods used in economics and psychology to induce a common group identity in laboratory settings.

Expected outcomes & deliverables

The research student will conduct a thorough literature review of the academic literature in group identity inducement with the aim to (i) identify what the most common methods used in the two disciplines and (ii) evaluate the key advantages of each method are. Additionally, the student will have the opportunity to design an economics experiment aimed to test the effectiveness of different methods in group identity inducement in the lab.

Student qualities

This project is open to economics and psychology students with a background in microeconomics or social psychology. Experience with experimental economics literature is a plus.

Primary supervisor

Dr Alex Karakostas

Further information Students are encouraged to contact the supervisors via email if they have any questions: a.karakostas@uq.edu.au.