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What is an experiment in experimental economics and what will I have to do if I participate in one ?
How do I register for an experiment ?
Will I be compensated for my participation in these experiments ? If so, how much ?
Can anyone register for these experiments ?
How will the collected data be used, and who will have access to it ?
How can I cancel my registration for an experiment ?
How can I remove myself from your database ?
Can I participate more than once in these experiments ?
Are there risks involved if I decide to participate in an experiment ?
What happens if I show up late for an experiment ?
How long to these experiments last ?
Where is the experimental economics laboratory located ?

What is an experiment in experimental economics and what will I have to do if I participate in one ?

Our experiments take place on computer stations in a multimedia room, and participation is confidential. Each experiment recreates a situation where participants must take real monetary incentives into consideration in order to make decisions. There are no right or wrong answers, only decisions to make. Each experiment pursues a different goal. For example, some experiments focus on how people interact in auctions or negotiations. Participants could also have to make decisions to buy or sell in an e-market, to vote or simply to choose one of several options. This list is non exhaustive and there are many more topics we could explore.

How do I register for an experiment ?

In order to be invited to an experiment, you must first register to our participant database. Afterwards, when an experiment is scheduled, we invite a randomly selected sub-group of participants. Sometimes we can only invite participants who exhibit certain characteristics such as the language spoken or previous participation in a past experiment. Consequently, it is possible for you to see a session in the calendar but not be invited to it. However, be patient, if we do not have enough participants registered for these sessions, we will send out more invitations to different participants.

When you are invited to participate in an experiment and you wish to register for a specific session, you will simply have to respond to your invitation email.

Will I be compensated for my participation in these experiments ? If so, how much ?

We compensate all our participants who take part in our experiments. The exact amount can depend on your decisions, other participants' decisions, and/or luck. In general, all participants who SHOW UP ON TIME are given a show up fee (generally between $5 and $10). All participants who take part in an experimental session in the lab are guaranteed to receive at least the amount of that show up fee. The final compensation varies from one experiment to another, as well as from one participant to another. We will communicate the specific details of the effect of a subject's decisions on an experiment's compensation during the reading of the instructions at the beginning of the session.

Please note that you will never lose your own personal money in any of our experiments. It is also worth pointing out that the great majority of our participants find that the compensation is sufficient for them to want to participate again in our experiments.

Can anyone register for these experiments ?

Yes, anyone interested in our experiments can register, as long as you are at least 18 years of age, are able to get to our laboratory in downtown Montréal on your own, and understand the language that will be used during the experiment (English or French depending on the experiment). Background knowledge in economics is not required, and our participants' database always consists of people with widely varied background.

How will the collected data be used, and who will have access to it ?

Experiments at our laboratory are mostly part of university research projects and the results are usually published in academic publications and scientific journals. Your experimental results and personal information will always remain confidential. Many procedures are put into place in order to ensure this confidentiality. You will never be specifically identified in any publication of research results.

Read our Privacy Policy .

How can I cancel my registration for an experiment ?

There is no procedure to cancel your registration. You are responsible to verify your availability BEFORE you register for a session. However, if you are sick or can not show up due to unexpected last minute events, please reply to your invitation email and ask to be removed form the session you registered for AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

How can I remove myself from your database ?

If you would like us to remove you from the participants' database, we request that you notify us by writing to laboratoire@cirano.qc.ca.

Can I participate more than once in these experiments ?

For obvious reasons, you can only participate to a maximum of one time in any experiment. By sending you an invitation email, we confirm that you correspond to our selection criteria and that you can register for that experiment. Furthermore, our system will not allow you to register twice for the same experiment, or for an experiment for which you have not received an invitation.

Are there risks involved if I decide to participate in an experiment ?

No. No experiment taking place at our experimental economics laboratory presents any risks, be it physical, psychological or other. Furthermore, all the experiments we run are pre-approved by the ethical committee of the university involved, as well as CIRANO's scientific committee. These boards specifically protect the rights of human subjects who participate in research.

What happens if I show up late for an experiment ?

Punctuality is very important for experimental economics experiments since the computer program controlling the experiment often requires that all participants start the session at the same time. Furthermore, the experimenter explains the instructions only once, at the planned start time of the experiment. In most cases, if you show up late you will not be able to participate in the experiment and you will not be compensated. We usually ask our participants to show up 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the experiment.

Due to no shows, we must sometimes invite more participants than required. In the case where there are more participants who show up than required for the session, the participants who show up after the session has filled up but before the start time will be compensated with a show up fee, and will be invited to register for a different session whenever possible.

How long to these experiments last ?

The experiments last on average between 1h and 2h. The maximum length will always be communicated to you in the invitation email.

Where is the experimental economics laboratory located ?

Location :
CIRANO
2020 University St.
25th floor
Montréal, Québec
H3A 2A5

Instructions to get to the laboratory.
The laboratory is also accessible directly from the McGill metro station (see the Société de transport de Montréal ) website.

Who should I get in touch with if I have more questions ?

For any other questions regarding our experiments, please contact us:

The Experimental Economics Laboratory Team
Phone : (514) 985-4000 ext. 3016
Fax : (514) 985-4039
Email :laboratoire@cirano.qc.ca



For questions please contact laboratoire@cirano.qc.ca.



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