6039 Topics in Behavioral Economics
Assoz.Prof PD Melis Kartal, Ph.D., Ass.Prof. Boris Maciejovsky
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/17/22 to 02/23/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 03/07/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 03/14/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 03/21/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 03/28/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 04/04/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.4.28
Tuesday 04/05/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.0.047
Thursday 04/07/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D2.0.330
Friday 04/08/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 05/16/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 05/23/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 05/30/22 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330

In this course, we survey research that incorporates behavioral and psychological evidence into economics. In particular, we consider how predictions of economic behavior differ when standard homo-economicus assumptions are replaced with psychologically realistic assumptions based on empirical observations from the lab and from the world. We also consider the implications of the modified models for market outcomes and public policy. Topics include (but are not limited to) fairness, altruism, and reciprocity; preferences for redistribution; heuristics and cognitive biases; time preferences and dynamic inconsistency.

Learning outcomes

Participants will learn how psychological, cognitive, and social factors affect the economic decisions of individuals and institutions, the consequences of such factors for market outcomes, efficiency and allocations, and their policy relevance. This course is highly recommended for Ph.D. students who would like to write a thesis on behavioral and/or experimental economics.

Attendance requirements

Attendance required, max. 2 absences

Teaching/learning method(s)

Teaching/learning methods of this course consist of lectures, reading materials, exercises, and student presentations.


Assessment depends on student discussions, assignments and final exam.


We would like to point out that the attendance in the first unit of this course is necessary.

In case you cannot attend it, please contact the course instructors in advance. 

Last edited: 2022-04-27