Center for Experimental and Applied Economics


Under the direction of Dr. Kent Messer, research conducted in the laboratory 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.

To download a brochure about the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics, click here

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 (web form and resume), we will bring you in for a meeting to discuss the talent pool and determine if it is a good fit.

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 video below to learn more.

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

More about CEAE

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.
View these videos using the link to the playlist above.
Calendar and reservation information in the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics.
Find our lab
Townsend Hall

Our lab is located in Townsend Hall, room 025 on South Campus. Enter Townsend Hall and go to the lower level. The lab is in the center of the building, you will see numbered room signs. Turn in the hallway with the elevator and 025 will be straight ahead.