ECON9260 – Topics in Behavioural Economics

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Behavioral Economics seeks to enrich the standard model of the rational actor with stable preferences. Rather than assuming selfish rationality the behavior of economic agents are observed in experiments, usually in the lab but to an increasing extent in the field. This forms the basis for more elaborate theories of economic behavior where agents e.g. face problems of self-control, care about others and are influenced by reference points. The field is constantly evolving, new theories are developed and the empirical basis growing as more experiments are conducted, and the number of application is increasing. Any single course will of course never cover the entire field, but only focus on particular issues.


This course is offered to PhD candidates at the Department of Economics.  Other candidates admitted to a PhD program may apply to take the course. 


Mini Course with 14 hours teaching during one week.


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The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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Spring 2019

6.-9. May 2019


Spring 2019

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