Behavioural Economics

Subject ECON30019 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of lectures and seminars per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Behavioural economists develop formal models of human behaviour that are more psychologically realistic than standard economic models. This subject introduces students to research demonstrating departures from perfect rationality and self-interested behaviour, and to formal models of behaviour that were developed in response to these findings. Particular topics will include present-biased preferences, reference-dependence, loss-aversion, belief biases, social-preferences, framing, and happiness research. Implications to public policy would also be considered.

  • Explain behavioural patterns uncovered in behavioural economics.
  • Explain some of the techniques used by behavioural economics to create knowledge.
  • Evaluate the contribution of behavioural economics to economic knowledge.
  • Synthesise and contrast some of the recently created knowledge in behavioural economics with traditional economics.
  • Write coherent accounts of issues in behavioural economics.

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%) and an essay of approximately 3000 words (30%).

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: written communication; application of theory to practice; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information.

  • Moderate level of development: oral communication; problem solving; interpretation and analysis; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Some level of development: collaborative learning; team work; statistical reasoning; use of computer software.

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