Center for Experimental and Applied Economics

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CEAE works with collaborators across the country.
Using the scientific process of laboratory control and replication to study the critical causal relationships of economic behavior and to design improved policy, markets, and products that benefit individuals and society. To learn more about our research, follow the link above.
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Our Mission

CEAE's mission is to nurture a diverse and inclusive community engaged in innovative, evidence-based research and dissemination of results to inform policy and promote sustainability at the nexus of agriculture and the environment.


Research supported by the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics explores a wide variety of economic and consumer behaviors, and participants receive monetary compensation based on the decisions they make in a variety of different settings. Our major research focuses on land conservation and ecosystem service markets, water quality monitoring, behavioral response to risk, food safety and agricultural policy, and provision of public goods.

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Get involved

If you are at the University of Delaware and broadly interested in issues related to experimental economics, please email Aisha Emory at

If you are interested in volunteering with the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics, you can apply to join the CEAE Talent Pool. To apply, please complete this form. Once you submit the full application, our team will review it and contact you if any opportunities are available.

CEAE in the news
  • Celebrating excellence in agriculture and natural resources

    May 16, 2024 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    As the spring semester headed into its final stretch run, the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources gathered together to honor a few deserving faculty and staff. At the college’s Celebrating Excellence event, the 2024 stars of the show were Sue Barton, Larry Armstrong, and Kent Messer.
  • Recovering the coast

    April 16, 2024 | Written by Molly Schafer
    Graduate student Laura Taylor is testing a new approach to encourage coordination between adjacent homeowners who have become eligible for a flood-related buyout. Full participation in coastal buyouts can protect homeowners from repeated and severe flood risk and restore floodplain functionality. Working with UD Prof. Christina McGranaghan, Taylor conducts her economic experiments at UD’s Center for Experimental and Applied Economics (CEAE). Taylor is funded by the Delaware Sea Grant and a Graduate Research Enhancement Grant from Gerald J. Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub.
  • Emma Abrams explores sustainable solutions through UD’s environmental and resource economics major

    April 10, 2024 | Written by Nya Wynn
    UD environmental and resource economics major Emma Abrams is studying the intersection of economics and environmental sustainability. Abrams’ time at UD has led her to undergraduate research, studying abroad in New Zealand, an internship focused on sustainability, and impactful roles in environmental justice organizations. Students like Abrams not only obtain lifelong skills through their coursework, but they also find purpose and can see the tangible impact they can have on environmental issues.

Project WiCCED (Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware)

WiCCED is a multi-institution project in partnership with National Science Foundation and the State of Delaware aimed at assessing major threats to Delaware’s water quality, and developing viable technological and policy solutions for meeting the challenges imposed by them.

Watch the Project WiCCED video below to learn more.

Project WiCCED (Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware):

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