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/ September 15, 2010
Earn Cash Easily (And Legally!) By Doing Paid Experiments

Let’s face it – your unpaid 30 hour-a-week “internship” at an electronic art gallery in Bushwick might help you pick up chicks at parties, but it’s not paying for that PBR you’re downing. So what can a poor, unskilled NYU student (ethically) do to earn some cash? Here’s an easy solution: sign up for paid experiments.

Both the NYU psychology department and the economics department are always looking for undergraduate subjects to do their paid experiments, which are held almost every day. In most of the experiments for either, all you have to do is sign up, show up, look at a computer screen, click or type things for an hour to an hour and a half, and be paid. It will likely be some kind of behavioral study in the psych experiments, and some kind of strategy game in the economic ones.

For econ, you can earn more money if you do well in the games. The Center for Experimental Social Science says that “An earnings rate between$15 and $25 for 1 and 1/2 hours of participation is common although in many experiments students earn much more.” I just did one and earned $33.30 in an hour, and I’m not even that smart.

So sign up for psych or econ experiments, and you might find that you won’t even have to casually deal on weekends. Hooray!