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PhD Course: Experimental Economics and the Scottish Enlightenment

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Professor Bart J. Wilson, Chapman University, will hold the following PhD course at the Department of Economics:


«Experimental Economics and the Scottish Enlightenment»



In this course we consider how experimental economics and the philosophy of the 18th century Scottish enlightenment inform and elucidate each other on how spontaneous, self-generating orders emerge (out of apparent chaos). More specifically, we will explore how exchange systems work and how rules of conduct emerge to undergird those systems.


The course uses a combination of hands-on learning in laboratory experiments and Socratic roundtable discussions of readings. In addition to current research in experimental economics, our primary sources include Adam Smith, David Hume, and their modern heir F. A. Hayek.


Outline of the course

The course starts 18 May 10:00 and ends 21 May at 17:00. A more detailed time schedule will be posted later.   


Visit this page for more information about the course and application requirements.