oTree - An Open-Source Platform for Laboratory, Online, and Field Experiments

J. of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 9(1), 88-97, 2016

21 Pages Posted: 15 May 2017 Last revised: 31 May 2017

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Daniel L. Chen

Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse School of Economics, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, University of Toulouse Capitole, Toulouse, France

Martin Schonger

ETH Zurich

Chris Wickens

Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Date Written: July 7, 2016

Abstract

oTree is an open-source and online software for implementing interactive experiments in the laboratory, online, the field or combinations thereof. oTree does not require installation of software on subjects’ devices; it can run on any device that has a web browser, be that a desktop computer, a tablet or a smartphone. Deployment can be internet-based without a shared local network, or local-network-based even without internet access. For coding, Python is used, a popular, open-source programming language. oTree provides the source code, a library of standard game templates and demo games which can be played by anyone.

Suggested Citation

Chen, Daniel L. and Schonger, Martin and Wickens, Chris, oTree - An Open-Source Platform for Laboratory, Online, and Field Experiments (July 7, 2016). J. of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 9(1), 88-97, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2806713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2806713

Daniel L. Chen (Contact Author)

Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse School of Economics, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, University of Toulouse Capitole, Toulouse, France ( email )

21 allée de Brienne
31015 Toulouse cedex 6 France
Toulouse, 31015
France

Martin Schonger

ETH Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 101
ZUE F7
Zürich, 8092
Switzerland

Chris Wickens

Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

31015 Toulouse, Cedex 6
France

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