Full course description
Increasingly, economists are discovering psychology as a means to enrich their models of economic behaviour and well-being and to give them a better foundation. The importance of this is illustrated by the fact that the Nobel prize winner in economics in 2002 was the distinguished psychologist Daniel Kahneman. He characterizes his research as a quest for the ‘logic of the irrational’. Adam Smith already recognized that economic behaviour , just like other behaviour, is motivated by an intriguing blend of ‘rational’ considerations and ‘irrational’ sentiments. The great challenge is to investigate the implications of the latter motives for economics. This course aims to give an intensive introduction into this field. In the first nine sessions of the course the psychology and behavioural economics of judgment and decision-making are dealt with. Basic principles of rationality are compared with actual behaviour in making decisions. Also, a link is made to the emerging field of neuroeconomics. Next, students are introduced into the psychological and economic research on subjective well-being (happiness) and its socio-economic determinants (especially income). The importance of this research for economics and its policy implications will be highlighted. Students should realize that this course is not easy and that its material also includes some mathematical derivations.
- To familiarize students with basic concepts, theories and insights of the economic psychology of judgment and decision-making.
SSC2061 Statistics I and SSC1027 Principles of Economics.
SSC2048 Intermediate Microeconomics.
- Hastie, Reid, and Robyn M. Dawes. Rational choice in an uncertain world: The psychology of judgment and decision making. Sage, 2010.
- Articles and chapters from books.
- To be announced
- M.C.M. Vendrik