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ESI Summer Scholars sitting at a table collaborating

Monday, June 8 through Friday, July 10, 2020

Application is now open. 

The Summer Scholar program will be held at Chapman University.  We will be hosting approximately 10 students for five weeks this summer.  As a Summer Scholar, students will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to analyze data sets from an economic experiment and to work more generally as research assistants on other projects.  Last summer’s schedule can be downloaded here

The scholars and their mentors, Profs. Erik Kimbrough, Jan Osborn, and Bart Wilson, will also meet daily as a reading group to discuss papers in experimental economics, as well as texts like Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, F.A. Hayek’s The Sensory Order, and Michael  Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s The Blue and Brown Books and literature like John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Summer Scholars will receive a nominal stipend at the end of the five weeks and free room and board in a residence hall for the duration of the program.

All applicants must either have participated in the Vernon L. Smith High School Workshop or have taken at least one course from the faculty at ESI at the undergraduate level.

The program is generously sponsored by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) and the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.