This page outlines the steps that you need to follow in order to set
up and run a MarketLink session.
If you have not registered on EconPort, you need to do that in the
box labelled "Experimenter Login" in sidebar to the left. If you
have registered but are not logged in, log in in order to proceed
with setting up and running a MarketLink session.
One of the main steps in setting up and running a MarketLink session
is to include a configuration for the experiment on your account. You
can do this in one of two ways. We have prepared several configurations
for commodity markets and one for an asset market. You can use any of
these configuration files, which we recommend when you begin using
MarketLink, or you can modify one of these configurations according
to your own needs.
Install a Prepared Configuration
This link provides instructions on how to include a prepared
configuration in your EconPort account.
Customize a Configuration
This link provides instructions on how to customize a MarletLink
Start the MarketLink Server
If you have created your configuration and your experiment, then
you are ready to run an experiment session. To verify that your
experiment is ready to run, and to start the MarketLink Server,
click on "Experiments" in the "User Menu" box on the left side of
this page. When the experiment is set up, you'll see that in the
"Actions" column for your experiment session, there is a button
labelled "Run" on the right side of the "Experiments" page. Click
on the 'Run' button to start the MarketLink Server for your session.
(If you see a File Download dialog box after you click 'Run', click
Open to open the Server.) As soon as you enter a 'Session Name'
and a 'Session Log' the MarketLink Server will start and is then
available to accept connections from MarketLink Client applications.
Start the MarketLink Session
As Client connections are made they appear in the "MarketLink -
Server Control" window on the Server tab. Once all of the students
have logged into the experiment session, you can start the MarketLink
Server by clicking "Start Session."