Courses Bachelor Display 2017-2018

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Course title Institutions, Behaviour and Welfare
Course code EBC2015
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessement None
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
5 16-4-2018 8-6-2018 X/E L X/E
Level Intermediate
Coordinator Chris Woolnough
For more information: c.woolnough@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
Acquiring a structured insight into the important role of institutions in the performance of the economy
- Learning about the crucial roles of imperfect information, bounded rationality, transaction costs and property rights in the functioning of the economy
- Being able to apply the above insights to real-life developments in the economy
Description
Institutions have always been an important subject in economics. A relatively recent approach to the study of institutions in economics is the so-called New Institutional Economics (NIE). What is new in NIE as compared to the ‘old’ institutional economics is its emphasis on a firm theoretical foundation and systematic reasoning. It tries to analyse the role of institutions in society in a systematic and structured way, which is comparable to the structured approach of neoclassical economics. On the other hand, its themes are essentially different from those in neoclassical economics. One important theme of NIE are the impacts of imperfect information, bounded rationality and transaction costs. Transaction costs are ‘the costs of running the economic system’, like costs of search for information, bargaining, making and enforcing contracts, monitoring, etc. Another main theme of NIE are the effects and origins of property rights. For example, the care and effort that you spend on your apartment or house will strongly depend on whether you own or rent it.
This course offers an introduction to the basic theories of transaction costs, property rights, and contracts, and applies these theories to the functioning and performance of markets, firms, and the state. Moreover, the roles of intrinsic motivation, trust, social norms, and endogenous preferences are highlighted.
Literature
Articles and chapters from books
Prerequisites
Intermediate knowledge and understanding of microeconomics (level comparable to: course Microeconomics: Choices, Markets and Welfare ) and macroeconomics (level comparable to: course Macroeconomics and Economic Policy)
An advanced level of English
Teaching methods Presentation / Lecture / Groupwork
Assessment methods Participation / Written Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
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