Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Course code
PHD013 (AF:299023 AR:162720)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Corso di Dottorato (D.M.45)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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Purpose of the course The course introduces to developments in experimental economics and in behavioral models of decision making. It also aims at teaching how to run experiments in the lab.
The course has two parts. The first part deals with individual behavior and its experiemntal study. Applications to marketing, finance and organizational behavior are developed.
The second part reconsiders basic concepts of strategic interaction in game theory in the light of the experimental evidence on interactive behavior and explores alernative behavioral models of interactive strategic choice. Applications to negotiation, labor contracts, trust and incentives are developed.
Prerequisites Students are expected to have basic notions of expected utility theory and some familiarity with the basic concepts of game theory.
Part I: Individual behavior
• Expected utility: biases and violations
• Bias in probabilistic reasoning
• Time and decision making
• Some alternatives to expected utility. Prospect theory; Regret theory; Experimental evidence on non-EU models.
• The allocation of attention
• Applications: consumer behavior, investor behavior, medical decision making; policy implications of behavioral analysis ...
Intermezzo: runing lab experiments
Part II: Interactive decision making
• Strategic reasoning in games and its critique. (Dominance and iterated dominance; Backward induction and sub-game perfect equilibria).
• A model of bounded rationality with limited reasoning steps: the “Cognitive Hierarchy” model
• Learning in interaction
• Motivation and fairness. Inequality aversion. Fairness equilibria. Cooperation in public goods and in the commons.
• Applications: bargaining; understanding labour contracts; market entry; trust; incentives
The teacher will distribute a readings package at the beginnign of the course.
Evaluation will be based on class participation (20%), a written exam (40%) and an experiemntal project (40%)
Teaching method There will be fifteen lectures on experimental methods and results, and basic models of behavioral economics; the course will include laboratory sessions to introduce students to experimental practice. Studnets will have to design and run an experiment.
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This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 25/04/2018