Mobile Computer Lab

Computers have become essential tools for teaching economics. The Department of Economics uses a mobile computer lab to promote a better understanding of economic models through economic policy simulations, econometric applications, and economic decision-making experiments. The mobile computer lab allows instructors to seamlessly integrate traditional classroom teaching with many powerful interactive instructional tools, via the network or web, to help students become engaged in active learning. 

Economists study how people make economic decisions. Instead of being a passive observer of market determinants and outcomes, students have the opportunity to engage in economic decision-making as an active participant within the economic environment. A Classroom experiment provides students with a way to reflect on their own behavior and develop an intuitive grasp of fundamental concepts such as optimization, market interaction, the role of information and strategic behavior. Classroom experiments conducted with our mobile computer lab highlight the interaction between individual behavior and aggregate outcomes.

  • Links for University of Virginia EconLab:

Student login page (

Administrator setup page (

  • Examples:

Instruction screens for both participants and the administrator

  • Useful Resources:

Notes from experiment on 2005-10-06