A Review of Mouse-Tracking Applications in Economic Studies

  • Geran Tian University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3850-8179
  • Weixing Wu University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
Keywords: Mouse-tracking, Behavioral decision-making, Experimental economics, Cursor trajectory, Game theory.


Since mouse-tracking paradigm came under the spotlight two decades ago, by providing mouse cursor trajectories, it has been applied by behavioral scientists to a variety of topics to help understand real-time psychological state when people are faced with multiple choices. In this article, we provide a comprehensive, documentation of experimental economics studies with mouse-tracking paradigm. Among these studies, some focus on measuring choice uncertainty including subject uncertainty, temporal uncertainty, and probabilistic uncertainty; the rest are concerned with economic games including bargaining games and social dilemma games. Why and how these works employ mouse-tracking technique in their experiments is elaborated in detail. Finally, limitations of mouse-tracking paradigm are discussed, and research opportunities are proposed. Basic know-hows are appended as a general guide for interested readers.


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How to Cite
Tian, G., & Wu, W. (2020). A Review of Mouse-Tracking Applications in Economic Studies. Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, 11(6(J), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.22610/jebs.v11i6(J).3000
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