API-304: Behavioral Economics and Public Policy

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Brigitte Madrian


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/31
Meet Day M/W 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Littauer Bldg L230 (HKS)


This course will examine the relationship between behavioral economics and public policy. Individuals frequently make decisions that systematically depart from the predictions of standard economic models. Behavioral economics attempts to understand these departures by integrating an understanding of the psychology of human behavior into economic analysis. The course will review the major themes of behavioral economics and address the implications for public policy in a wide variety of domains, including: retirement savings, social security, labor markets, household borrowing (credit cards, mortgages, payday lending), education, energy use, health care, addiction, organ donation, tax collection and compliance, and social welfare programs.

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