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Course title Behavioural and Experimental Methods
Course code EBC4235
ECTS credits 5,0
Assessment None
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
2 28-10-2019 20-12-2019 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Hannes Rusch
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Language of instruction English
Departing from theories assuming ‘homo oeconomicus’ agents, participants in this course learn about boundedly rational aspects of human behaviour. The latter play a key role in predicting and designing individual and strategic decisions as well as aggregate outcomes in markets and politics. The students learn to apply the insights generated by a boundedly rational approach to various fields in Public Economics and Managerial Economics, among others. The students learn to use experimental methods as well as statistics and econometrics to assess the validity of theoretical predictions of human behaviour. Participants will be prepared to assess scientific studies critically and to come up with problem statements and an adequate study design on their own.
First, an introduction to the economic experimental method as well as a review of basic statistics and econometrics analysis will be given. he course will then cover recent behavioural models of intertemporal decision-making, decisions under risk and uncertainty, strategic and social decision-making. We will discuss recently developed models taking the boundedly rational nature of human decisions into account. The course uses theoretical reasoning, experimental data, and econometric analysis, which will guide the analysis of applied questions from diverse fields. The fields of application comprise savings and retirement decisions, health insurance taxation, labour market policies, incentives and promotion schemes in firms, public good provision, environmental issues, and charitable giving, among others. An important part of the course will be devoted to discussions of policy implications, policy recommendations, and the need or curse of government intervention.
Advanced Microeconomics (EBC4232) or Theory of Individual and Strategic Decisions (EBC4197).
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Lecture / Groupwork
Assessment methods Final Paper / Participation
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This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Master Economics - Global Challenges and Macroeconomic Policy Compulsory Course(s)
Master Economics - Market Regulation and Design Compulsory Course(s)
Master Economics - No specialisation Elective Course(s)
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