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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

Lab Locations

In summer 2021, the CDR opened Mindworks in downtown Chicago, the world's first lab and discovery center dedicated to behavioral science, where visitors help drive scientific breakthroughs by participating in experiments.  

The CDR is also conducting research in-person throughout the Chicagoland via our Pop Up Lab and online in the PIMCO Decision Research Virtual Laboratory. The Hyde Park Lab is temporarily closed but will re-open September 29, 2022. 

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 seeking participants at the following lab spaces: 

  • 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 like shirts, picnic blankets, books, and more.  

Questions? Contact us at cdrlabs@chicagobooth.edu

Join Our Team

The CDR is hiring for the following positions: 


For Researchers

University of Chicago researchers interested in running studies in our labs can learn more at the Researcher Portal (requires CNetID). 


Watch: Why Empirical Research Matters

In this video interview, PhD student David Munguia Gomez discusses his work and how the PIMCO Decision Research Labs support his research. 

David Munguia Gomez

David Munguia Gomez

Recorded July, 2019

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 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.

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