for Classroom Games:
In the last decade, I have written about 60 interactive web-based
programs that are available for general use, especially for teaching. Participants
will have to be using computers with browsers that are connected to the
internet, so these are best in a classroom/laboratory setting. To
use these programs, you will need a "session name" that can be obtained
on line from the Experiment Selection Admin Menu link below (go there and
click on Get Started, and then on Register, which takes about a minute)::
You use this Experiment Selection Menu to set up an experiment, and
after you have done that, the subjects/students will log in from the Participant
The students log in through any browser on any device with internet access. Students
log in using the session name that you provide, which connects them to
the database table for the experiment that you set up in advance via the
admin web pages.
The admin menu has links to htm files that describe each experiment
and how to base a class discussion on the results The admin
pages also inlude displays of the results with some theoretical and data
analysis done automatically. User instructions are dynamically adapted
to conform to the setup parameters (group size, numbes of periods, nature
of matchings, trading rules, etc.) The programs include auctions,
games, markets, inidvidual decision problems, asymmetric information games,
bargaining, and public goods games.
New in Fall 2012:
the "Bank Run Game,", which can generate a cascade of bank failures.
To heighten class interest, you can even name the banks
after countries like Greece, Spain, Germany, etc. Have fun!!
The programs are written in PHP and run on an Apache web server tied
to a MySql database. A National Scinece Foundation Infrastructure grant
has made it possible to place these programs on a fast and secure Linux
server. Before using a program for the first time, especially with
a large class, I recommend that you test it. To do this, open
up the admin program in one browser window, setting it up for two participants,
and then open up two more browser windows (on the same computer if necessary)
and log in as a participant from each of the windows. It only
takes minutes to learn how to set up and run these programs. Please
send comments and suggestions to me (email@example.com).