»High School Workshop in Experimental Economics

June 15-21, 2014

Summer Workshop Brochure 2014

The International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) has generously sponsored summer workshops for visiting graduate students, undergraduates and local high school students since its incorporation in 1997. Recently, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation joined IFREE in sponsoring the high school student workshops.

These workshops introduce students to Experimental Economics, attract potential economics majors and identify promising individuals for internships and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships.

June 15-21, 2014 ESI will host one week-long IFREE and Thomas W. Smith Foundation sponsored workshop on experimental economics for high school students. For those high school students who might not have the opportunity to study economics in their high schools, the objective of these workshops is to expose them to and get them interested in the foundations of economic analysis using experimental economics. A subset of the students may have already taken economics classes, and for those students, the goal is to cultivate their interest in economics and introduce them to economics as an observational science with new topics, problems, and experiments. This workshop does not assume any previous study in economics.

Students are responsible for their transportation; a limited number of travel scholarships are available for students traveling from outside Southern California. The travel scholarship includes:

  • Reimbursement of up to $250 for flights
  • Housing in Chapman residence halls
  • 3 meals a day

Please check the box on the application if you wish to be considered for the travel scholarship. View detailed FAQ for traveling students.

Important notice: In addition to applying, a completed Teacher Recommendation Form is required and will also be due by the deadline.  The form is available below and will also populate upon submission of the application. Please have your teacher mail, email or fax it to Cyndi Dumas, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, dumas@chapman.edu, Fax: (714) 628-2881 (Fax must be accompanied by coversheet with school letterhead).

Recommendation Form

Application - now closed.

Please contact Cyndi Dumas (dumas@chapman.edu) if you have any questions.


Quotes from Past Fellows:

  • “I earned and I learned!”
  • “It was a wonderful relief from the normal, everyday approach to learning and teaching.”
  • “It was a hands-on way to let us apply what we learned and with great incentives.”
  • “Learned a lot about economics in the real world, and we got to meet new people.”
  • “Very fun and interesting and you actually retain the information."
  • “The way the workshop is taught you actually remember the topics you learn.”
  • “I enjoyed myself a great deal and learned something at the same time, which is sadly fairly unusual.”
  • “Economics is considered as ‘dismal science,’ but the experiments make it fascinating!”


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Workshop FAQ

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