The course provides an introduction to behavioural economics, cognitive
economics and behavioural political science. It has three main objectives.
Firstly, to provide graduate students with an introduction to the use of
experimental methods in economics and in social sciences. Secondly, to
review the main evidence on violations of traditional economic
assumptions that has been provided by recent research in behavioural
and cognitive economics. Thirdly, to discuss economic and policy models
that incorporates this new evidence, as well as its applications.
The course offers an introduction to behavioural economics. Students will
gain an understanding of how individuals actually make economic and
financial decisions (descriptive) and guidance on how to improve
economic and financial decision making (prescriptive) in themselves and
others. It will also give an overview of cognitive economics,
neuroeconomics and behavioural political science. The course is also
designed to familiarize students with the use of experiments to address
1 Introduction to cognitive economics
2 Methods and principles of experimental economics
3 The critique of the theory of rational choice
4 Heuristics and biases
6 Decisions and brain
7 Virtual reality as a tool of experimental analysis
8 Group Laboratory Activity
9. Individual Seminar Activity
10. Experimental Results Discussion
Nicolas Eber e Marc Williger, Economisti in laboratorio, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2009.
Alessandro Innocenti, L’economia cognitiva, Carocci, Roma, 2009.
Matteo Motterlini e Francesco Guala, Mente Mercati Decisioni, Egea, Milano, 2011.
Classes and laboratory activities
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Course website: https://economiacognitivacomportamentale.wordpress.com/