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Department of Economics
University of Mississippi


The Mississippi Experimental Research Laboratory (MERL) is a computerized research facility located in Conner Hall on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi.

MERL is used by the Department of Economics faculty and graduate students to conduct a wide variety of economics research, including experimental economics, econometrics, and microeconomics.

The MERLab has 24 subject workstation carrels. Each carrel is equipped with a networked computer, which is connected to the MERLab fileserver and University’s internet backbone. The lab also includes an observation room with a separate entrance.

Each individual carrel tabletop is 42 in. wide x 30 in. deep and has a flat panel monitor. The subject computers are Dell Optiplex machines with Intel Core 2 Duo processors (E8400 @ 3.00 GHZ), 4 GB of RAM, 32-bit operating system, and Windows 7 Professional. The lab server is has an Intel Xeon processor (3040 @ 1.86 GHZ), 2 GB RAM, and Microsoft Windows Server R2.

If you would like to schedule a research project in the lab, please contact Dr. Mark Van Boening.