PAM 5130

PAM 5130

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Standard economic theory assumes that individuals are rational decision-makers; however, that is often not the case in the real world. Behavioral economics uses findings from psychology to determine ways in which individuals are systematically irrational to improve upon existing models. The first part of this course reviews these theories, while the second part of the course focuses on how these findings have been used to design better education, health, and tax policies as well as many others.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: either PAM 3100, CRP 5450 or a course in basic econometrics and either PAM 2000, ECON 3030, or CRP 5122 – some courses in other departments may be substituted, but they must first be approved by the instructor.

  • Apply key theories from the field of behavioral economics.
  • Apply economic insights from lab and field experiments to policy design.
  • Interpret empirical results from research papers as they relate to policy.
  • Identify assumptions in standard economic models that may not hold in real world settings and interpret empirical tests of their validity.
  • Identify areas of policy where taking behavioral insights into account could improve public policy in terms of implementation, efficiency, or redistribution.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ECON 3670PAM 3130

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 13821 PAM 5130   LEC 001

  • Contact to be added to the waitlist. Prerequisites: PAM 3100 or ECON 3125; and PAM 2000 or ECON 3030 – some courses in other departments may be substituted, but they must first be cleared by Professor Tripp.