année académique

Titulaire(s) du cours

Georg KIRCHSTEIGER (Coordonnateur)

Crédits ECTS


Langue(s) d'enseignement


Contenu du cours

Standard microeconomic theory is based on two main assumptions: Rationality and selfishness. When actual behavior of economic agents - as observed in economic experiments or in the field - does not conform with economic theory, this behavior might either contradict the rationality assumption or the selfishness assumption (or both). The first part of the course is devoted to the analysis of non-selfish preferences. Based on experimental evidence, we present behavioral models of altruism, envy, fairness, and reciprocity, and show their impact on different economic problems. The second part of the course deals with boundedly rational behavior and its impact on markets.

Objectifs (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques)

After the course, the students should know the research frontier in (some subfields) of behavioral economics.


Connaissances et compétences pré-requises

Knowledge of game theory and general equilibrium theory at the level of the course Graduate Microeconomics I.

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages

12 lectures

Contribution au profil d'enseignement

This course contributes to the following program learning objectives:
LO 1.1 - Integrate sustainable development into problem analysis
LO 1.2 - Assess the quality of an economic research produced by others
LO 1.3 - Identify and analyse an issue using the relevant analytical tools and methods
LO 2.1 - Adopt a scientific approach to data collection, research and analysis and communicate results with clear, structured and sophisticated arguments
LO 2.2 - Display critical thinking and develop autonomous learning strategies and techniques
LO 3.2 - Thorough and critical ability to use empirical and statistical tools in economics
LO 4.1 - Work and communicate effectively as part of a team in an international and multicultural environment

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées

see the extended course description on my personal homepage

Autres renseignements





Méthode(s) d'évaluation

  • Examen écrit

written exam

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles)

grade of the course = grade of the written exam

Langue(s) d'évaluation

  • anglais