Experimental and Computational Economics Lab

About us

The Laboratory of Computational and Experimental Economics (ECEL) is a space designed for research by teachers and students in various branches of economics with a focus on human behavior.

ECEL's mission is to consolidate itself as a powerful research tool in the branches of Economics, covering elements of the study of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Game Theory, among other computational topics. Due to the computational power of its equipment, this laboratory allows the planning and execution of experiments in human behavior internally at USFQ and through agreements or research projects with foreign institutions.


ECEL will guarantee technical support for the development of research projects, workshops with unique approaches, and the execution of economic experiments for all members of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and other institutions that require it, by the following objectives:

  • Promote scientific research and its corresponding publication.
  • Provide solutions to local and foreign researchers.
  • Reinforce the knowledge of USFQ students and the experience of their professors and researchers.
  • Allow greater scope at the research group level to institutions dedicated to economic research outside USFQ.


The research carried out at ECEL applies the methodology of experimental economics to study human behavior in the light of economic, psychological, and social science theories in general. The specific research areas currently are:
  1. Risk and uncertainty
  2. Productivity and real effort
  3. Social norms and cooperation
  4. Evolution of emotions
  5. Dissemination of norms and meta-norms
  6. Conflict
  7. Prices and auctions
  8. Macroeconomics and experiments
  9. Political economy



The USFQ Laboratory of Experimental and Computational Economics (ECEL) warmly welcomes you and invites you to register online to receive future invitations to experimental sessions where you can receive compensation of up to $ 30 for your participation. It is essential that they comply with the registration process, as this will make communication easier and more direct.
The instructions, together with the access link, are detailed below:
  1. Enter this link: https://orsee3.usfq.edu.ec
  2. In the menu on the left, click on "Register.
  3. "Then click is "I am a student."Accept the rules of participation of the laboratory; at the bottom of that page, click on "Yes."
  4. Complete the small form and click "Send" (here you must place your email of preference)
  5. Reconfirm the link that reaches your email.
Once registered, they will only have to wait for our emails with invitations to the experiments. We look forward to your support.
Best regards,
Pedro Romero Alemán
ECEL Director.
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