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Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) researchers have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant for large-scale lab experiments.

The grant is for researchers of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF) and the Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making (CREED). The researchers are:

  • Cars Hommes
  • Joep Sonnemans
  • Cees Diks
  • Jan Tuinstra
  • Florian Wagener
  • Aljaz Ule
  • Marco van der Leij
  • Isabelle Salle

IBSEN project

The lab experiments fall under the scope of the European IBSEN research project in its efforts to realise a breakthrough in social sciences with controlled lab and web experiments examining the behaviour of large groups of people (1000+). The duration of the project is three years, commencing 1 September 2015. The total grant amount is 2.6 million euro, with 400,000 euro earmarked for the UvA. Anita Kopanyi-Peuker will be appointed as a post-doc to the project.

If successful, researchers will be able to build on findings to develop a human behavior simulator, a technology providing a basis for socio-economic simulations that would radically change many fields, from robotics to economics, with technological and societal impacts, including policy-making in socially pressing issues. Researchers will thus lay the foundations to kick start a new way of doing social science for the problems arising in a technologically highly connected society.

About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is a Europese Commission programme to stimulate European research and innovation. Horizon 2020 started 1 January 2014 and is the successor of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Download IBSEN abstract (PDF file)