Welcome to the elfe!

Welcome to the website of the Essen Laboratory for Experimental Economics (elfe). Since December 2008, researchers have the opportunity to observe and analyze human behavior and the effects of different communication structures using state-of-the-art technology. You are cordially invited to get more information about the elfe (FAQ), to take part in experiments and to earn money!

Please note:

Since the management of elfe is currently not occupied, experiments take place only occasionally.

If you have any questions regarding elfe, you can contact the Chair of Quantitative Economic Policy or Experimental Economic Research ( or the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics (

 Thu, 19. Aug. 2021   Then, Franziska

SHK gesucht!

Zur Unterstützung fürs elfe wird zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine studentische Hilfskraft gesucht. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in der Ausschreibung anbei. Bei Fragen können Sie sich an Franziska Then...
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 Fri, 24. Apr. 2020   Siebert, Jan

No experiments in the elfe

Due to the current situation, there are no experiments in the elfe. We will inform all registered participants as soon as experiments are carried out in the elfe again.
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 Mon, 06. Jan. 2020   Siebert, Jan

Happy 2020!

The Lab Team says: Happy New Year 2020!
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 Thu, 19. Dec. 2019   Siebert, Jan

Das elfe wünscht schöne Feiertage und einen guten Rutsch!

Das elfe wünscht schöne Feiertage und einen guten Rutsch! Wir freuen uns auf viele Experimente im Jahr 2020.
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 Mon, 21. Oct. 2019   Siebert, Jan

The elfe welcomes the new ones!

A new semester starts again at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Essen Laboratory for Experimental Economics warmly welcomes all new students. We wish everyone a good start to their studies. To all those who have been at the...
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 Thu, 29. Aug. 2019   Siebert, Jan

How large groups organize themselves

Interesting research results have now been published from the elfe. Together with three other economic research laboratories, Professor Jeannette Brosig-Koch and others have investigated how large groups organize themself....
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 Mon, 27. Jun. 2016   Siebert, Jan

[Translate to English:] Krankenhäuser: Qualität sinkt nach Fusion

[Translate to English:] Experimentergebnisse veröffentlicht
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 Tue, 17. Feb. 2009   Helbach, Christoph

Pictures of the ceremonial opening available

In the body of this news please find some impressions of the ceremonial opening of the elfe. We tried our best to find a good compromise of quality and size of the pictures. Still, longer loeading times can occure.
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 Wed, 28. Jan. 2009   Helbach, Christoph

Bilder der Eröffnungsfeier verfügbar (Kopie 1)

Im Hauptteil dieser Meldung sind nun einige Eindrücke der feierlichen Eröffnung des elfe verfügbar. Wir haben uns bemüht, das Bildformat für das Internet zu optimieren. Dennoch können u. U. längere Ladezeiten auftreten.
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 Tue, 17. Feb. 2009   Helbach, Christoph

elfe ceremonially opened!

On the 19th of January 2009, the elfe was ceremonial opened with loaded guests. Subsequently Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Reinhard Selten gave a lecture to 300 interested listeners on the topic: “Experimental...
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 Tue, 17. Feb. 2009   Helbach, Christoph

Nobel Prize Laureate at the elfe: the ceremonial opening

On 19th of January 2009 the elfe will be ceremonially opened with invited guests. Everyone is invited to attend the following presentation by Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Reinhard Selten on “Experimental Results...
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 Tue, 17. Feb. 2009   Helbach, Christoph

Successful premiere

With a first successful experiment realized within a seminar on market design, the elfe by now did its first steps in experimental economic research. The experiment ran without any problems and the participants in the seminar can...
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