PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories
The PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research enable academics to conduct high-quality behavioral science experiments to better understand how people form judgments and make decisions.
Research is typically conducted in-person at our Hyde Park and Chicago Loop lab locations or at one of our Pop-Up Labs at venues across the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Park District, Union Station, and Te'amo Boba Bar.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the CDR has suspended in-person lab operations for spring 2020. We're now conducting behavioral science research online via the brand new PIMCO Decision Research Virtual Laboratory! Using surveys and video chat software, the Virtual Lab allows researchers to conduct world-class behavioral science research safely, reliably, and remotely.
The robust empirical data the labs generate are the building blocks for our faculty's game-changing research, which appears in top academic journals, as well as outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC News.
Participate in Paid Research
As a research participant, you play a vital role in helping us understand how people make decisions and form judgments. Visit our Virtual Lab page to find out how you can take paid studies from the comfort of your own home.
University of Chicago researchers interested in running studies in our labs can learn more at the Researcher Portal (requires CNetID).
PIMCO's Support for Behavioral Science
In the fall of 2018, PIMCO and the CDR announced a partnership in support of CDR’s behavioral science research. In recognition of this investment in research, Chicago Booth’s CDR laboratories were renamed the PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories. The PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories will yield scientific discoveries with the potential to improve individual and social welfare. The partnership will also include a new “storefront” behavioral science research lab to foster greater engagement with the public, broaden CDR’s reach, and increase the diversity of participants in the studies.
Join Our Team
Interested in becoming a research assistant with the PIMCO Decision Research Labs? Submit an application.
Watch: Why Empirical Research Matters
In this video interview, postdoctoral fellow Stav Atir discusses her work and how the PIMCO Decision Research Labs drive the CDR's research efforts.