Courses Master Display 2014-2015

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Course title Economic Analysis of Social Behaviour
Course code EBC4022
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment None
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
2 27-10-2014 19-12-2014 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Lex Borghans
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Language of instruction English
Understand how social problems can be analysed from an economic perspective. Being able to describe social behavior in terms of choices people make (tradeoffs) and market interactions that exist. Being able to apply this knowledge to various cases.
The main aim of this course is to understand complex social 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. Understanding how people get what they want or need in a social context where other people want or need the same is a cornerstone of modern life and the key to solving many complex problems, from violent crime to technology adoption by firms, and from cheating in sports to poor education of particular demographic groups.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005), Freakonomics, A Rouge Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Willism Morrow, New York.
Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy (2000), Social Economics; Market Behavior in a Social Environment. The Belknap Press, Cambridge (MA).
And several articles.
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.
an advanced level of English
Teaching methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) PBL / Presentation / Assignment
Assessment methods (indicative; course manual is definitive) 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 Electives
Master Economics Social Economics
Master Fiscale Economie Economics Electives
Master Human Decision Science Electives
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