Application: please email Melanie to apply to attend this course.


Stefania Bortolotti is a Research Fellow at the Design and Behavior economics chair at the University of Cologne. She was research fellow at the University of Bologna and visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. Her main research interests are in experimental and behavioural economics, with a focus on cross-cultural cooperation, trust and coordination games. Her research includes lab-in-the-field experiments on the Italian North-South divide and experiments with migrants. Her work has appeared in The Economic Journal, Journal of Money Credit & Banking, European Economic Review, and Economic Inquiry.

Course Content
z-Tree is the most well known software to run computerized lab experiments. The course is aimed at scholars from different disciplines who are interested in programming their own experiments or in better understanding the potentials (and limits) of the software.

Course Objectives
Course participants will learn the general architecture of the software and become familiar with the basic z-Tree tools. By the end of the first day, participants are expected to be able to program simple individual and interactive decision-making experiments. During the second day, advanced features – such as multimedia contents and improved graphical layout — will be discussed. The course is intended to be interactive and participants will be asked to solve in-class practical exercises. Sample programs will be made available to participants.

Course Prerequisites
No specific programming and computer science skills are required. Knowledge of basic mathematics and programming concepts could help following the most advanced concepts. An interest in experimental economics is desirable.

Course Fee

The fee to attend this course is £400 unless booked with the Experiments Course based here at EssexLab then there is a discounted rate of £200.