About the ESA

The Economic Science Association (ESA) is a professional organization devoted to economics as an observational science, using controlled experiments to learn about economic behavior. The ESA welcomes participation by economists interested in the results of such experiments, as well as scholars in psychology, business, political science, and other related fields.

What is experimental economics?

Experimental methods allow us to control economic institutions, information, policies, and other important variables, both in the laboratory and in the field. Laboratory techniques also make it possible for us to observe and control variables that would not be observable in the field, such as the preferences of buyers and the costs of sellers in the trading of an artificial good.

Experiments have provided important information about economic behavior in a variety of subdisciplines of economics, including game theory, consumer behavior, industrial organization, public finance, and labor economics.

More Information

  • History - Read about our history, including a list of past presidents of the ESA.
  • Executive Committee - View the Executive Committee of the Association, with contact information.
  • Bylaws - The operating rules of the Association, last amended in 2001.
  • Financial Records- Public disclosure of the ESA's finances via IRS 990 forms.