- Class Number 7416
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ralf Steinhauser
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
This course aims to teach students some techniques of behavioural economics, classical economics, and compare the two approaches. It focuses on the principles and basic models of decision-making used by both streams of economists, as well as their consequences.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements for this course, students should have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand how behavioural economists think and approach economic questions.
- Fully understand and be able to clearly express the advantages, disadvantages, criticisms and limitations of Behavioural Economics.
- Understand the tools taught in class and be able to recognise their application to the analysis of real world situations.
- Understand aspects of decision-making under uncertainty and solve simple analytical problems.
Theory and applied examples covered in the course are derived from research in the field of Psychology and Economics in many cases with references to individual studies. In addition, students will have the opportunity to use the provided extra resources for each topic to deepen their understanding and getting first-hand experience with research papers.
Class material uploaded throughout the semester on Wattle
There is no perfect textbook in psychology and economics which we follow. Therefore, the only required material for the course is a set of relatively detailed lecture notes in form of slides and summaries for each topic. There is no specific textbook required.
Possible supplementary readings, which we will NOT follow very closely are the following, are the following text books out there:
· Erik Angner, A course in behavioral economics
· Nick Wilkinson and Matthias Klaes An Introduction to Behavioral Economics 2 Edition
· David Just Introduction to behavioral economics
These books are available in the Chifiey Library. Availability of an online version is currently being investigated and information will be advertised when known.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction - Themes in psychology and economics|
|2||Reference-Dependent Preferences - Kahneman and Tversky’s classic experiments and Prospect theory.|
|3||Reference-Dependent Preferences - Market implications||Problem Set 1|
|4||Intertemporal Choice - Samuelson’s exponential-discounting mode|
|5||Intertemporal Choice - Self-control problems and hyperbolic discounting|
|6||Intertemporal Choice - Harmful substances and government policy||Problem Set 2|
|7||Intertemporal Choice - Misperception of utility||Mid-semester Exam|
|8||Heuristics and biases|
|9||Malleability and Inaccessibility of Preferences||Problem Set 3|
|10||Social Preferences - Distributional Preference|
|11||Social Preferences - Face Saving Concerns and Fairness Preferences||Problem Set 4|
|12||Behavioral Game Theory|
Tutorials will be delivered (mostly) remotely for this semester. Sign up for tutorials will be available on the Wattle course site where more details can be found in O-week.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Problem Sets||22 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Midsemester Exam||38 %||21/09/2020||09/10/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Final Exam||40 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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Due to travel restrictions this course will be delivered through online platforms. Aspects of the delivery will be asynchronous. However, there will be synchronous activities also taking place. Students will have the opportunity to engage with teaching staff in a live manner. Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation are outlined in further detail on the Wattle course site in O-week.
Will be delivered on-line.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The course will rely heavily on problem sets. There will be 4 problem sets throughout the semester. They will be graded and count as a small part of your grade to make sure you pay them the attention necessary as they are a important teaching source of the course. Problem Set 1-3 will be worth 6% and Problem Set 4 will be worth 4% They will include mathematical problems and questions on the interpretation of those problems in the light of the course, as well as some questions asking you to apply the material to economic issues. You are strongly encouraged to work on them together in small groups. BUT: even if you work with others, you have to write up the solutions on your own, using your own words and own understanding! Questions will be available 10 days prior to the submission due date. Students will have to submit their answers to the problem set via Turnitin by the date and time given for each problem set. Feedback on the problem set will be given within 2 weeks. Further details will be given in lecture. No late submission is accepted.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
A mid-semester Exam will be conducted online during the ANU mid-semester exam period - (week 6 and week 7). The exam will cover material from lectures and tutorials presented throughout the first half of the semester. More information will be provided via Wattle in week 4 or 5.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
A Final Exam will be held during the ANU Exam period. The Exam will cover all material delivered in lectures and tutorials in the second half of the semester (week 7-12). More information will be made available in week 10 of semester on Wattle.
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