The summer school "Experimental Auctions: Theory and Applications in Food Marketing and Consumer Preferences Analysis" is aimed at learning the fundamentals and the recent advances of experimental auctions. It will provide the appropriate techniques to construct an experimental design, with software applications and workshops regarding specific problems in the fields of food market valuation. It will also provide the appropriate knowledge of the models used in the experimental auction literature for the data analysis. Results interpretation and policy implications will be also discussed.


The course is taught by Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jayson L. Lusk, Andreas Drichoutis, under the co-ordination of Maurizio Canavari


Lectures are given from Tuesday July 5 to Tuesday July 12, 7 hours per day. As a general structure, each day is based on 4 periods of teaching (2 in the morning before lunch break and 2 in the afternoon and early evening), dealing with Theory, Applications, and Tutorial on pc.


A certificate will be awarded to all participants. A final exam is scheduled on Tuesday July 12 for those who need the certificate of attendance to be associated to a grade in order to ask for credits recognition.


Prof. Maurizio Canavari
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy


Viale Giuseppe Fanin, 50

40127 Bologna - Italy


tel. +39 051 2096108

fax +39 051 2096105



Managing Secretariat

Dott. Gioacchino Pappalardo

Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment
University of Catania
Via Santa Sofia, 98-100  -  95123 Catania (Italy)
tel. +39 3287639648

Prof.ssa Marcella Rizzo

Department of Economics and Business
University of Catania
Palazzo delle Scienze - Corso Italia 55 - 95129 Catania (Italy)


Administration Secretariat

Dott. Nadia Borelli

Fondazione Alma Mater

Via delle Belle Arti, 42 - 40126 Bologna


tel. +39 051 2091409

fax: +39 051 2091412

How to reach Catania

Catania can be reached in several ways.

An overview is available here.


By airplane

By air travel through the Fontanarossa International Airport.

By train

The Catania main railway station "Catania Centrale" is served by Trenitalia.

By car

Catania is served by the toll motorway A18 Messina-Catania.

The distance between the entrances Messina Sud and Catania Nord is 76 km (toll about 4.00 EUR).

By bus

Autolinee SAIS offers several conncetions with cities on the island and the mainland.