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ESI Summer Scholars sitting at a table collaborating

Monday, June 10 through Friday, July 12

Application is now closed. 

The Summer Scholar program will be held at Chapman University.  We will be hosting up to 8 students for five weeks.  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 in a team to design a new research project.  Last summer’s schedule can be downloaded here

The scholars and their mentors, Profs. 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 Fatal Conceit, and Michael  Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge, 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 and room 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.