The Laboratory for Economic and Decision Research (LEDR) offers the potential to deliver outstanding experimental experiences in the field of Behavioural Economics. It is situated at the centre of the UEA campus on Floor 02 of the Zuckermann Institute for Climatic Research (ZICER) building, with lift and gangway access to the main teaching buildings and pedestrian walkways. It is a dedicated space used exclusively for economic experiments conducted by UEA academics and research students, and it is also available for use by visiting academics/representatives from industry or commerce.
LEDR houses three server workstations linked to 43 high specification client stations loaded with numerous versions of the most popular experimental software: Z-Tree/Z-Leaf. The facility can be split; to be simultaneously utilised as two units to support multiple experiments being conducted on the same day or combined to support larger sessions. Available session times can include weekend and evening slots by arrangement.
LEDR employs a Lab Coordinator, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the laboratory and the recruitment and management of the participant database, (which currently comprises some 1400 subjects drawn from a diverse UEA student population). LEDR also provides end-to-end customer support to simplify and streamline the mechanics of conducting experiments, this includes soft-time preview sessions; interaction with participants; session fee payments; and session history data transfer.
Three new innovations are planned for 2019:
- LEDR will be on stream to run experiments remotely for researchers who wish to delegate their whole experimental function to the Lab;
- Recruitment will be extended to include non-student participants;
- LEDR will be travelling to off-site locations, to offer the Lab as a mobile unit to events such as the Norwich Science Festival.