Courses Master Display 2019-2020

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Course title Economic Analysis of Behaviour
Course code EBC4237
ECTS credits 5,0
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
4 3-2-2020 3-4-2020 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Trudie Schils
For more information: t.schils@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
Understand how social issues can be analysed theoretically from an economic perspective. Being able to describe behaviour in terms of choices people make (trade-offs) and market interactions that exist. Acquiring skills for developing a theoretical economic model.
Description
In many areas of life, such as education and learning at work, many trade-offs exist and decisions have to be made. People have to choose a school, a specialization and a field of study. Schools have to decide about the content of their curriculum, class size and selection criteria. Firms might consider to offer traineeships, and training courses. And the government has to decide about the structure of the educational system, its financing and how to monitor this. The main aim of this course is to understand such complex problems and to formulate them as an economic model. Economics comprises a powerful and flexible set of tools that can be applied to analyse the consequences of social forces and market behaviour to get to grips with such problems.
Literature
Several articles (will be announced through eleum and course manual)
Prerequisites
Required knowledge for this course is a basic understanding of economic models and elementary knowledge of mathematics. Students must be able to derive the maximum of a function. A bachelor degree in economics or a related field would be a perfect start for this course.
Keywords
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Assignment
Assessment methods Final Paper / 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
Master Economics - Education and Labour Economics Compulsory Course(s)
Master Economics - No specialisation Elective Course(s)
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