ECN304 Behavioral and Experimental Economics
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Course responsible: Stein Terje Holden
Teachers: Frode Alfnes, Øyvind Nystad Handberg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2012H
Topics in behavioral economics: Rational vs. irrational behavior, uncertainty and expected utility, prospect theory, time preferences and discounting, risk preferences and responses to risk, altruism, fairness, trust. Topics in experimental design: Basic design issues, implementation of laboratory experiments, field experiments.
The students learn to distinguish rational from irrational behavior based on Expected Utility Theory.
Students learn about systematic deviations from Expected Utility Theory and how Prospect Theory may predict such behavior.
Students learn about the advantages and limitations of laboratory and field experiments (internal and external validity).
Students learn a set of standard experimental games and methods and what has been learnt from these: Dictator game, Ultimatum game, Trust game, public goods game, methods to elicit risk preferences, methods to elicit time preferences
Students are given one exercise where they will design their own experiment which they will present in class
Lectures and exercises.
Students will have access to detailed information about the course with access to the relevant literature through the web system.
A detailed list of readings will be presented at the beginning of the course. General textbook: Wilkinson, N. and Klaes, M. (2012). An Introduction to Behavioral Economics. 2nd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan.
Econometrics (ECN201), Statistics (STAT100), Microeconomics (ECN311).
Four compulsory exercises must have been submitted and accepted (quality check) before a candidate can take the exam. Exercises are valid until the next time the course is offered and for re-examination.
Written examination, 3,5 hours (100%).
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures 2 hours per week, exercises 0-2 hours per week
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått