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PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories

Notice: The Virtual Lab will be closed November 20-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open Tuesday, November 30.

A research assistant

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. 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 TimesWashington Post, and BBC News

Due to COVID-19, the CDR has paused in-person lab operations. We're now conducting behavioral science research online in the 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. 

Participate in Research

As a research participant, you play a vital role in helping us understand how people make decisions and form judgments. We are currently running studies in two of our labs: 

  • CDR Virtual Lab - Take surveys and studies online and earn up to $12 per hour in Amazon e-gift cards. 
  • Mindworks - Visit our brand new lab discovery center in downtown Chicago. Participate in experiments to earn prizes and support science.  

Questions? Contact us at cdrlabs@chicagobooth.edu 

For Researchers

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

Lab Manager Bryan Baird

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 also enabled the CDR to open Mindworks, the world's first working lab and discovery center dedicated to behavioral science, in summer 2021. Free and located in downtown Chicago, Mindworks welcomes visitors to explore interactive exhibits, take part in hands-on research studies, and earn prizes for participating.

Join Our Team

Learn about open positions with the PIMCO Decision Research Labs.  

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. 


Stav Atir

Recorded July, 2019

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