We are pleased to announce that the International Workshop for Lab and Field Experiments
will be held via Zoom on March 17th (Wednesday) & 18th (Thursday), 2021.

This workshop is co-organized by Japanese Economic Association; Research Center for Behavioral Economics, Institute of Social and Economic Research at Osaka University; and Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies at Kansai University.

Also it is held as a part of Osaka Universityʼs 90th and Osaka University of Foreign Studiesʼ 100th Anniversary Commemoration Project.


Experiments, both laboratory and field, were once considered to be impossible in economics. They are now, however, considered to be a main research method in economics. These changes are reflected in the list of recent winners of Nobel Prize in economics: on one hand, Vernon Smith (winner in 2002) and Al Roth (winner in 2012) have deep connections with the development of experimental studies in the lab., on the other hand, Elenor Ostrom (winner in 2009), Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer (winners in 2019) with field experiments.

While laboratory experiments mainly aim to test theoretical implications or functioning of various economic mechanisms in highly controlled settings, field experiments aim to do so in more natural settings. Furthermore, field experiments, especially, through randomized controlled trials, aim to evaluate the effectiveness of various economic policies.

Despite this global development in the field of economics, researchers employing experimental methods in their research are still merely a small minority among Japanese economists. To boost the field of experimental economics in Japan, we will hold this international workshop which will cover a broad range of topics on economic experiments.

Click here to see the Program.

Keynote Speakers:

10:45-11:45, March 17th
“Lab-in-the-Field Experiments: Perspectives from Research on Gender”
Lata Gangadharan
Professor of Economics and Joe Isaac Chair of Business and Economics,
Monash University, Australia

09:00-10:00, March 18th
“Why Macroeconomics Needs Experimental Evidence”
John Duffy
Professor, Department of Economics,
University of California, Irvine, United States

To attend this workshop, please register from here:

*No participation fee will be required to attend this online workshop.
*Attendance registration closes on Friday, March 5, 2021.
*Zoom meeting URL/IDs will be sent to your registered email address by Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

The Zoom Breakout Rooms:

Two parallel sessions will take place by use of Zoom Breakout Rooms.
After signing in, participants first enter the Main Meeting Room and then are able to select from a list of breakout rooms shown on the display. Participants can move between rooms freely throughout the day.

Breakout rooms we will create are: Session Rooms 1 & 2, and a few spare rooms which participants can use freely for further discussions.
Please see the program for the room allocation.

The Opening Address, the Keynote Lectures and the Closing Note will be held at the Main Meeting Room.


Before signing in the meeting, please make sure to update the Zoom application by downloading and installing the latest version in order to enable the breakout room feature to function properly.

Reference: Participating in breakout rooms – Zoom Help Center

Workshop Organizers:

Nobuyuki Hanaki, Osaka University
Kazuhito Ogawa, Kansai University

Workshop secretary:

Kumiko Fukada, Osaka University

For further questions or inquiries, please contact organizers by sending an e-mail to:


Japanese Economic Association

Osaka University’s 90th and Osaka University of Foreign Studies’ 100th Anniversary in 2021

The Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies (RISS) at Kansai University

International Workshop for Lab and Field Experiments 2021