Over the course of the semester, a number of economic experiments are performed at the Center for Experimental Social Science. The experiments are primarily in decision-making, and the students who participate in the experiments will be paid for their participation. The amount paid depends on the experiment run and the decisions made by the subject, and sometimes, it also depends on the decisions made by the other subjects in the experiment and chance. The minimum payment for an experiment (if completed) is $10 per 90 minutes.  The CESS lab is located at 19 W 4th Street, 5th floor, room 522.


Instruction for Participants

If you are at least 18 years old and a current NYU student, you are eligible to participate in the CESS experiments. Students who are willing to participate, please register at CESS recruitment website. By registering you will be put on a list of students who will be informed of upcoming experiments as they take place. Your participation in the experiment and any information about your earnings will be kept strictly confidential. Please note that if you are not an NYU student who is currently enrolled, you will not be able to get paid for participation. To know more about the requirements and how to sign up for experiments, visit our participant’s page.


Instruction for Experimenters

NYU students and visiting researchers are eligible to run experiments in the CESS lab. To do so, you must comply with the CESS IRB protocol and receive an IRB consent form before running your experiment. Experimenters who are not using the CESS protocol should submit their request directly to the human subjects committee. To know more about the CESS protocol, visit our documentation page.


Lab Technology

Computers: 30 
  • OS: Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista)
  • Processor: Intel i5
  • Memory: 2Gb
  • Hard Drive: 128Gb
  • Monitor: 19″ (1366×768)
  • Internet Access: Wired
Server: 1
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i7
  • Memory: 16Gb
  • Hard Drive: 1Tb
  • Monitor: 2 x 27″ (1440×2560)
  • Internet Access: Wired

The two primary software frameworks used to write the experimental software in the lab is:

Data Storage

If you have received funds from the NSF and would like to make your data publicly available, we recommend you do so via github.com. Github is a widely used repositor for both open source code and open data sets.