Master (6 ECTS) Lecture and tutorial "Advanced Public Policy IV: Behavioural Economics"

The module covers central methods and concepts of behavioral economics at an advanced level.
This course provides an introduction to theoretical and empirical research in behavioral and experimental economic research. Behavioral economics raises questions about the behavioral assumptions of standard economic Theory in particular standard economic preferences, standard economic beliefs, and standard economic decision making applying psychological insights to economics. We first discuss models of economic decision behavior. Then, we will present evidence from laboratory and field experiments in economics and psychology which has led to alternative descriptive models of behavior. In this context, we will also discuss how the modern empirical toolbox of behavioral economists can help to obtain causal evidence on the determinants of human behavior. Finally, we will also briefly discuss recent advances in behavioral economics, such as Neuro- and Genoeconomics.

The course will be held online this semester (summer 2020), such as by video lectures and sessions in Microsoft Teams. Participants who registered in Jogustine for the course will be included as a member in the relevant Ilias group. You receive all necessary course information via Ilias (including lecture slides, lecture videos, problem sets, solutions, links and information to online sessions).