The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has awarded fellows Sander Onderstal and Arthur Schram of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) a grant within the framework of the China Exchange Programme (CEP).

Sun Yat-Sen University

The CEP promotes and facilitates the mobility of researchers and new scientific collaborative projects. The grant received by Onderstal and Schram is intended for a  Summer School in Experimental Economics. The KNAW has reserved €30,475 for this Summer School.


The Summer School will take place from 9 through 14 August at the Sun Yat-Sen University in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The target group consists of PhD students and young researchers at Economics faculties, primarily based in China and the Netherlands. Interested parties can send an email to with a CV and a short letter of motivation (100 words).

Application deadline

June 1, 2017 (later applications can be considered depending on capacity)


The summer school is free of charge. The organization will provide free on-campus accommodation, lunches and coffee breaks during the summer school, and cover up to €750 of travel costs.

Target audience

Master’s and PhD students, and junior faculty in Economics and related social sciences.

Summer school overview

This summer school provides an in-depth analysis of some recent developments in the field of experimental economics, including the rapid growth of behavioral economics and the increased use of field experiments. Because experimental economics is a methodology often used to test economic theory, the course also covers theoretical issues (more specifically, game theory), when appropriate.

Topics include:

  • experimental methodology
  • behavioral economics (public goods, bargaining, other–regarding preferences)
  • industrial organization (auctions, double auction, market power)
  • individual decision–making (expected utility, probability weighting)
  • market design (social choice, mechanism design)
  • analysis of experimental data

Students will develop an experiment on their preferred topic and run the experiment using the other students as participants.

The lectures will be given by Prof. dr. Arthur Schram (University of Amsterdam and European University Institute), dr. Sander Onderstal (University of Amsterdam), and dr. Xiaojian Zhao (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology).


Upon acceptance for the summer school, participants should check whether they need a visa to enter China.

Organizing committee

Prof. dr. Arthur Schram (University of Amsterdam and RSCA, European University Institute, Italy)

Dr. Sander Onderstal (University of Amsterdam)

Dr. Yang Yang (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou)


44 participants


The summer school takes place at Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.