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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3375 Behavioural Economics

10 creditsClass Size: 188

Module manager: Gabriel Burdin
Email: g.burdin@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisites

LUBS2140Intermediate Microeconomics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to provide an introduction to core developments in Behavioural Economics. The module introduces analytical tools to understand an ample repertoire of human behaviours which remain unexplained by the basic neoclassical paradigm and situations in which that paradigm fails to provide accurate predictions. Abstract concepts and models will be illustrated by examples and laboratory experiments, and applied to a wide range of settings.

Objectives

This module aims to:
- Provide an introduction to behavioural economics, which integrates insights from psychology and economics
- Provide an introduction to the use of experiments in economics

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Assess the importance of psychological realism in economic analysis and policymaking
- Interpret evidence based on economic experiments, its implications, merits and limits
- Apply concepts drawn from behavioural economics to concrete social and economic problems


Syllabus

1. Behavioural economics: introduction
2. Decisions under risk and uncertainty: prospect theory
3. Intertemporal choice: time-inconsistency
4. Social preferences: reciprocity, inequity-aversion
5. Nonstandard beliefs: overconfidence, self-evaluation bias
6. Decision-making: framing, inattention, emotions
7. Endogenous preferences and policy implications

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar51.005.00
Private study hours83.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by assessed coursework.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/09/2020

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