Department of Economics

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Master of Economics *

Academic-Focused Track: Quantitative Economics

The new academic-focused track is for students who want to acquire more profound knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods. This track prepares the students for doctoral studies in economics and for careers that require more rigorous training in economic theory and quantitative skills. The new academic-focused track will help students to improve their chances of being admitted into and succeeding in a strong PhD programme.

Curriculum for Master of Economics (Quantitative Economics)

The graduation requirement for the academic-focused track is TEN modules. Of the ten modules, THREE will be core foundation modules that are required for all students. The students are free to choose the other SEVEN elective modules (including at least TWO level 5000 EC modules). The students are encouraged to take EC5104 Mathematical Economics and at least one PhD-level EC module.


Core compulsory modules

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a sound understanding of modern microeconomic theory. Microeconomic theory is concerned with the behaviour of individual economic agents such as individual people, households, firms and single industries. The course presents a rigorous treatment of the principles governing individual behaviour and an introduction to general equilibrium analysis. Other topics that will be covered include game theory, information economics, and welfare economics. Knowledge of basic mathematics is necessary. This includes equations, coordinate geometry, functions of several variables, real analysis, calculus, and vector algebra.

This module aims to equip students with understanding of recent macroeconomic theory at the graduate level. The main topics are basic growth theories, modern business cycle models, and issues in aggregate demand components. Growth theory covers the Solow model, infinite horizon model, and overlapping generations model. The main topics in business cycle are the real business cycle models, Lucas model, and new Keynesian models. Issues in aggregate demand components usually cover current issues in consumption and investment theories.

This is an introductory level core module for graduate students. Students are required to have background knowledge in econometrics at least at the level of EC3304 Econometrics II. Students who do not have this background will be advised to read EC3304 first as an additional module which will not be counted towards CAP. The broad topics covered include mathematical and statistical prerequisites (matrix algebra and statistical inference), standard regression analysis (OLS, GLS, IV, ML, SUR techniques), and applications oriented topics on cointegration, panel data, and limited dependent variable models. Remarks: Candidates who do not have sufficient background in Econometrics may have to read an introductory level first before reading EC5103.

Elective modules

The main purpose of this module is to provide students with a systematic exposition of certain advanced mathematical techniques and to relate them to the various types of economic theories and analyses in such a way that the mutual relevance of the two disciplines is clearly brought out. Basically, the module is divided into five major parts: (i) static analysis, (ii) comparative static analysis, (iii) dynamic analysis, (iv) optimisation problems and mathematical programming, and (v) welfare economics. The mathematical tools appropriate for each are then introduced in due order within the economic framework of each topic. The module is expected to provide students with a clear understanding of the numerous existing economic models, including models of the market, of the firm, and of the consumer, national income models, input-output models, and models of economic growth.

This module introduces students to numerical methods in economics commonly used to simulate and solve models in the fields of macroeconomics, international trade, finance, and industrial organization. The first half of the module focuses on learning the basic tools of numerical analysis including optimization, approximation, non-linear equations, numerical differentiation/integration and parallel computation. The second half of the module applies these tools to solving dynamic equilibrium models that are widely adopted for quantitative-applied research in macroeconomics. No prior experience in coding is required, and this module aims at facilitating students’ own development in MATLAB/FORTRAN programming.

The main objective of this course is to provide a rigorous training in univariate and multivariate time series analysis. Univariate techniques are mainly used for forecasting and multivariate techniques are used for both forecasting and policy analyses. Starting with simple ARMA and GARCH models the course moves on to more advanced topics involving non-stationary multivariate processes. Students will learn to use Monte Carlo techniques as well as a lot of practical applications.

This course introduces students to the basic research methodologies in Experimental Economics. The course also provides a survey of the most significant results obtained in Economics from human experiments. Students will learn all facets of conducting experimental research from problem formulation to experimental design to the conducting of pilot experiments. The structure of the course includes seminars, laboratory participation, and a student project.

The purpose of this course is to make in-depth analysis and understand various theoretical issues of modern industrial organisation. The approach of this course is game theoretic. In the beginning, basic concepts of non-cooperative game theory are reviewed in detail. This lays the foundation to study various applications of game theoretic models in the field of industrial organisation. The course is aimed for Masters’ students and researchers in Economics interested in the area of Industrial Organisation. Remarks: For undergraduates reading this module, the following are applicable: Prerequisite(s): Either passed Level- 4000 micro, or A- or better in Level-3000 micro. Preclusion(s): EC4322 Industrial Organisation II

This is a standard graduate module on Cost-Benefit Analysis. The Welfare Foundations of Cost-Benefit Analysis are emphasised throughout the module. Topics include investment criteria in the public sector; risk and uncertainty; valuing costs and benefits when prices change; problems of distribution; shadow pricing; externalities and public goods; and the social rate of discount. In addition, students are expected to use Cost-Benefit Analysis in a number of case-studies.

This module covers the main policy impact evaluation methods. The aim is to understand how to evaluate the causal impact of a policy and how to choose the best method depending on the type of policy and on the context. This module is suitable for students interested in policy issues. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to learn: • both the theoretical founding principles of several impact evaluation methods, and their empirical limits; and • how to determine the sample size for a randomized field experiment.

EC5332 is a first year graduate course on money, banking and financial markets. Topics covered include central banking and monetary policy, prudential supervision, financial markets and stochastic processes, the banking industry in South-East Asia, the role of price expectations, and modern theories of money, inflation, interest rates and the exchange rate. An important part of the course is the discussion of selected academic articles, with emphasis placed on the motivation and techniques underlying the theoretical and empirical work.

This course surveys and studies the various theories of international trade and applies them to the analysis of current trade problems. The topics covered include theories explaining trade patterns, the effect of trade on national welfare and welfare of groups within a country, trade policy, international economic integration and so on. The target group of students is those who have background in Economics and would like to have more in-depth knowledge of trade theories and current trade problems.

This module is mainly concerned with the operation of international finance markets, focusing on those for spot exchange rates and their derivatives, Eurocurrencies, Eurobonds, the behaviour and the determination of exchange rates, the management of risk and investment in an international setting. The intent is to investigate how various financial instruments are used for hedging and speculating in the currency markets and how economic theories are applied to determine the equilibrium exchange rates. Some policy issues concerning the recent world financial market turbulence will also be discussed.

This module applies economic principles to analyse budgetary policies and programmes of the public sectors. Topics covered include the following: the economic role of the state; the privatisation phenomenon; theory and practice of tax reform; effects of taxes and expenditure on work effort, saving, investment and risk taking; the role of fiscal incentives in economic management; financing of social security, health care and education and; international aspects of taxation.

This module aims to provide an introduction to the principal questions addressed in the health economics literature at the graduate level, and to equip students with the basic tools to undertake health policy research and analysis. The tools of microeconomic analysis will be used to analyse the behaviour of consumers, providers and insurers in the health care market. The module will also examine and compare the Singapore health care system and health care policies with those of developed countries such as the US, Canada and the UK, and the different approaches toward reforming the health care systems and health care policies in these countries.

Labour economics is a major area in economics and its importance to the Singapore economy need not be overemphasised. It is one of the largest and essential fields in economics. It studies the decision of everyday life, especially how people earn a living. It helps students to construct logical, internally consistent arguments concerning economic variables, and apply constructed models into real world. The module is offered in all U.S. top economics departments. We would be able to fill the gap by offering the module to our graduate students. These courses cater to both coursework students and masters and Ph.D. students who want do their research in labour related topics.

This module introduces several important economic growth models. The main focuses will be on studying the underlying sources of economic growth and analysing how government policies influence the growth process. Major topics include exogenous growth models, endogenous growth models with capital accumulation, technological progress through R & D and growth, growth models with learning-by-doing, diffusion of technology and growth, growth in open economy, and empirical studies of economic growth.

This module provides a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of environmental and natural resource economics. The main objective of the module is to illustrate how the study of mainstream economics needs to be reoriented in the light of the following premises: the natural environment is the core of any economy and economic sustainability cannot be attained without environmental sustainability. The course is intended to equip participants with introductory skills that would enable the analyses of environmental and economic policy issues.

The rapid process of globalisation over the last decade has had pervasive effects on global shipping and logistics. This could not occur without creating profound impact on the way ports are developed, operated and managed, from providing simple ship shelters and warehouse services to much more complex multimodal terminal services, from monopoly to competition, and from state government-owned to local private corporations. Port Economics taught at graduate level studies key topics in port management in depth and provides students with analytical and quantitative analysis tools that are essential to research and making decisions related to port operation, management and policy formulation.

This course is designed to provide an in-depth insight into selected specific issues that are of concern to maritime and port industry as well as to policy makers. The issues covered include shipping markets, shipping networks, increasing ship sizes, cabotage, freight determination, port choice, efficiency measurements, maritime safety, maritime hub strategy and green maritime logistics. Upon completion of this module, students should be able to: • Explain the role of shipping including recent trends in the maritime sector • Carry out various analyses in shipping service pricing and investment • Analyse the operational costs of ship operations • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to pricing of shipping service • Analyse competition using various economic models • Assess shipping performance and efficiency using various quantitative analysis tools • Identify and analyse different issues related • to policies and regulations to shipping • industry especially with more liberal trading • environment and within the competitive global supply chain framework

This module is designed to cover selected topics in economics. The topics covered will be dependent on the interest and specialities of regular or visiting staff in the Department. Remarks: For undergraduates reading this module, the following are applicable: Prerequisite(s): EC4301/EC4101 Preclusion(s): EC5220

Game theory has been at the core of much of the contemporary research in economics. The importance of the subject arises from the pervasiveness of the assumption of rational behavior in many human sciences. Applications of game theory have arisen in many fields of economics, such as industrial organization, international economics, labor, finance, and political science. This module is designed to present the main ideas and methods of game theory at graduate level, emphasizing on its theoretical foundations and practical implications.

This module introduces students to recent developments in growth theory and discusses their empirical relevance. Topics include sources of economic growth, cross-country income differences, neoclassical growth theory, human capital and growth, innovation and growth, finance and growth and trade and growth.

The purpose of this module is designed to help students become comfortable and creative as economic researchers and modelers. The course covers microeconomic theories and its applications in various policy analyses. Topics include economic and econometric modeling, and empirical strategies in identifying causal relationship.

As an essential module for economics Ph.D. students, this module aims to equip them with the tools of modern microeconomic theory and prepare them to be independent researchers. As a subsequent module following EC5101, this module focuses on general equilibrium and welfare theory, game theory, and information economics.

This course builds on EC5102 Macroeconomic Theory, and stresses the use of dynamic programming in the study of macroeconomic problems. The emphasis will be placed on building and analysing models and analysing existence, optimality and dynamic properties of equilibria. The theory of dynamic programming will be developed in some detail and be applied to macroeconomic issues such as economic growth (including multi-sector models and endogenous growth), economic fluctuations, recursive competitive equilibrium, search and matching models, design of optimal monetary and fiscal policies, neo-Keynesian models, and advanced topics in consumption, investment and asset pricing.

This is a core module for Ph.D. students. It is aimed at providing a good training in econometric theory and applications. It covers some topics already covered in EC5103 but at a more theoretical level. Asymptotic theory, ML and GMM estimation, extremum estimators, non-linear models, simultaneous equations models are among the topics covered under this module.

This module covers a number of advanced mathematical techniques that are frequently used for solving dynamic optimisation problems in economics. Topics include calculus of variations, dynamic programming and optimal control theory. The emphasis would be placed on both mathematics and applications in economics.

This is a comprehensive introduction of modern game theory at a PhD graduate level. Topics include strategic games, extensive games, incomplete-information games, repeated games, interactive epistemology, mechanism design, implementation theory, and information economics. This module is designed to equip students with a solid understanding of modern game theory. The aim of the module is to help students to conduct research in game theory and/or apply game theory in economic models.

This module is designed to train students in advanced econometric applications in various areas. This is a reading-intensive course; students are required to read a large volume of journal articles in the relevant areas and analyse them. Students can make requests to cover topics that are of interest to them. This is an ideal setting for Ph.D. students to try out their thesis research topics. Topics such as Bayesian econometrics, panel regression with unit-root time series, and macroeconometric modelling for forecasting and policy analyses are likely to be covered under this module.

This module may be offered jointly with EC5314 Time Series Analysis but with more emphasis on advanced theory. Unit root econometrics and Wiener processes, spectral techniques, and structural time series models are covered in detail under this module.

This module aims to introduce students to modern economic principles, techniques and applications of contract theory in organizations and markets. Authorities want to design incentives such that interacting players, both internal and external, take decisions that further the organization's goals. In the marketplace often competition from rivals determine an organization’s internal incentives. Most of the interactions take place under asymmetric information environment about the players' actions and types. A prior, basic knowledge of game theory will be assumed for this module. Students attending this module are expected to engage in research in applied micro areas including contract theory, industrial organization, auctions, contests, labor, education, etc. While the module’s focus will be on theoretical models of strategies and incentives in firms and organizations, a great deal of attention will be paid to intuitions behind a number important results in the literature. This intuition-based approach should prepare students to formulate independent research questions.

The purpose of this course is to make in-depth analysis and understand various theoretical issues of modern industrial organisation. This course will also provide a platform for research students interested to work in the area of industrial organisation. The courses are directed to develop the analytical skills of the students so that they can handle the deeper issues in their future independent research career. The approach of this course will be game theoretic. In the beginning, basic concepts of non-cooperative game theory will be reviewed in detail. This will lay the foundation to study various applications of game theoretic models in the field of industrial organisation.

This Ph.D. level course will cover two broad topics in the Money and Banking: 1) Monetary Policy (including Exchange Rate Policy) and Money Demand; and 2) Related Issues from the Banking Crises. First topic will cover some issues surrounding the behaviour of Money demand and its implications on the overall effectiveness of the monetary policy under different stages of economic developments. The second topic will survey issues emerging from the latest banking crisis in East Asia, such as structure of ownerships, regulations and the role of banking problems in the recent balance of payment crisis (capital account crisis) in East Asia.

This course provides an in-depth study of the trade theories and models that are important in the analysis of policy issues relating to international trade. Some contemporary issues in the field of international trade will also be discussed. At the end of the course, the student should be able to master the basic theoretical framework and analytical tools necessary for the study of contemporary trade issues. Other than theory, the course also emphasises the analysis of recent issues such as the new developments in the WTO, and the controversy of regional trade liberalisation.

This course is mainly concerned with the operation of international financial markets, focusing on the on-shore and offshore banking systems, international capital flows, and restructuring international financial system. The intent is to investigate how to reduce the likelihood of financial panics and crises in the international context. Theories developed in the field of international finance will be carefully studied, and policy issues concerning the recent world financial market turbulence will also be discussed. Students are required to write a major term paper concerning relevant issues.

This module will examine selected topics of Public Finance in greater depth. There are basically three sections. The first section examines welfare theorem, market successes, market failures and government success and government failures. The second section focuses on tax issues, tax reforms and tax challenges. The third section will examine financing of government expenditures on education, healthcare and old age.

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the economic role of the state, applies economic principles to the analysis of budgetary policies and expenditure programme, and elaborates on the intricacies of decision processes in this sector. The topics covered include (i) justifications for the existence of the state and how these relate to the privatisation phenomenon; (ii) tax policy (including tax expenditure and fiscal incentives) and how this may affect the incentive to work, save, invest and the incentive for risk-taking; (iii) comparative analyses of social security systems, the financing of health care and education expenditures; and (iv) the mechanics of public sector decision-making in unicameral and bicameral structures.

The objective of the course is to acquaint students with modern topics, modelling strategies, econometric methods, and empirical work in the field of labour economics. Students are also encouraged to extend the course material to develop their independent research interests that could potentially lead to their Ph.D. thesis topics. This module will provide a solid empirical and theoretical grounding in many areas of labour economics, and prepare students to write a dissertation in the field.

This course provides an in-depth treatment of alternative theories and approaches to economic growth and development, and development problems and strategies pertaining to poverty and income distribution, unemployment and rural-urban migration, agriculture, industry, trade and foreign resources.

This course introduces several important economic growth models and modelling techniques. The main focus will be on building and solving mathematical models of growth, studying the underlying sources of economic growth, and analysing how government policies influence the growth process. Major topics include mathematical modelling of growth, exogenous growth models, endogenous growth models with capital accumulation, technological progress through R&D and growth, growth models with learning-by-doing, diffusion of technology and growth, growth in open economy, and empirical studies of economic growth.

This module is designed to cover selected topics in economics. The topics covered will be dependent on the interest and specialities of regular or visiting staff in the Department.

This module is designed to enhance PhD students' knowledge and ability to understand the modern literature on decision theory and game theory. The aim of the module is to help PhD students to conduct research in game theory and economic theory.

This module deals with several important topics in macroeconomics. Topics include new growth theory, business cycles, unemployment, inflation and macroeconomic policy. The module introduces students to recent developments in these areas.

The purpose of this module is designed to help PhD students to master the necessary skill to become successful economic researchers and modelers. The course covers advanced economic theories and its applications in various policy analyses. Topics include economic and econometric modeling, and empirical strategies in identifying causal relationship.

Behavioral economics stresses the need to incorporate psychological considerations into economic thinking. Experimental economics, including lab and field experiments, builds on the premise that theoretical implications are subject to testing in controlled laboratory settings. There is a natural synergy between them and neuoroimaging and genetics leading to the development of neuroeconomics. This course covers the growing literature in behavioral and experimental economics, including neuroeconomics, and study individual differences in economic behaviour beyond those explicable by culture and socialization towards a deeper understanding of business and market behavior.

This module provides an introduction to machine learning and data mining methods for economics problems. The module will explain the core concept of well-known supervised learning algorithms including decision trees, neural networks, and support vector machines. Differences between these methods and econometrics methods will be discussed. This module will move on to explain unsupervised learning methods. Emerging topics, such as time series data mining, text mining or other methods for unstructured data mining, will also be covered. Examples, assignments, and the final project will be designed to help students learn using machine learning techniques to complement traditional econometrics analysis.

This module is designed to cover topics that are not covered under ECA5103 Quantitative and Computing Methods. Topics such as Bayesian econometrics, microeconometrics, panel regressions, limited dependent variable models, simultaneous equations models and macroeconometric modelling for forecasting and policy analyses are likely to be covered under this module.

This module is designed to provide students with vigorous training in applied financial econometrics. It covers topics on characteristics of macroeconomic and financial data; basic concepts of linear and non-linear time series models: stationary time series models, ARMA models; stochastic volatility models; GARCH models and diagnostic tests; value at risk analysis; and multivariate conditional time-varying models. Students are expected to do several computer-based projects.

This module aims to provide an understanding of some of the major issues in international finance. The module focuses especially on the policy-oriented aspects of the issues. Topics covered include the interdependence of fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policies, international capital movements, foreign exchange rate determination, European monetary integration, and the Euro, and international coordination of economic policies. A combined reading list of books and articles in this module will be distributed during the lectures.

This module is to offer a broad overview of financial assets traded in the money, options, and stock markets. It includes valuation of bonds and securities, analysis of options and futures contracts, asset pricing models and some applications.

This module provides a theoretical and practical treatment of corporate financial theory for students who have completed an introductory course in financial economics. Topics covered in this course will include: an overview of financial management; comparisons of financial and real investment; capital budgeting and valuing real assets and real options; risk and return of assets; capital structure and dividend policy, and mergers and acquisitions; applications of portfolio management techniques in corporate finance.

The module provides an in-depth analysis of the theories and models that are essential to the understanding of contingent claims. The course covers topics on mathematics of financial derivatives, stochastic models of securities price movements, Black-Scholes analysis and risk-neutral valuation, analytical and numerical procedures for various option-embedded products. Students reading this module are expected to have some basic knowledge of options and futures.

The module studies how trading takes place in financial markets. We cover theoretical models and the associated empirical analysis employing game theory and econometric theory. We first analyse the movement of security prices by time series models. Second, we investigate various trading strategies adopted by market participants. To understand increasingly popular computerized trading, we cover programming and econometric software such as Excel VBA and R. Then, we examine three main types of theoretical models of trading: inventory models, sequential trading models, and strategic trading models. Finally, we study how trading rules and institutional details may lead to different trading processes. We expect the course will equip the students with skills for understanding and analysing how financial market works in both theory and practice. Students are expected to conduct empirical analysis with high frequency data to explain market outcomes. After the course, students should have a good understanding how trading rules may lead to different trading outcomes; and how people actually trade in financial market in real time. In particular, students will understand how the working process of a market affects the determinants of transaction costs, price, quotes, volumes and trading behaviour.

This is a Masters' level course on international trade and finance, open to both economics and non-economics graduate students. In the first half of the course, we will examine theories and empirics of trade, including Ricardian, Heckscher-Ohlin theories, and theories of trade under increasing returns, welfare implications of trade policy, and the political economy of trade policies. The second and monetary half of the course will focus on balance of payments, foreign exchange markets and open-economy macroeconomic policies. An emphasis will be placed on the implications of the theories and empirics for policy discussion.

The main objective of the module is to gain appreciation of how economic theory can be used to analyse both the individual components of the fiscal system, such as effects of various taxes and expenditures, as well as the size and the behaviour of the government sector itself. The module encompasses the traditional, public choice and supply side approaches. While the main focus is on partial equilibrium analysis, wherever feasible or relevant, e.g., in incidence analysis, a general equilibrium approach is also included. The theory of social choice is also discussed.

This module covers the concepts of big data, analytics and technologies. The main goal aims at managing and analysing a set of big data. Big data differs from traditional data, as the nature of big data is massive, unstructured, granular, and heterogeneous. Big data is produced by various digital resources and domains including smart phones with multiple sensors, a variety of digital media produced by various social media, and billions of on-line financial transactions. The topics of this module covers big data scalability and process, infrastructure, and analytics using Hadoop, HBase, MapReduce, R, in-database analytics, mining of data streams, etc.

This module provides an in-depth study of Singapore’s economic structure and development strategies in the context of a changing global and regional economic environment. It examines the various policy options available based on economic principles and theories. Thereby the course provides an opportunity for the application of theoretical concepts to the analysis of the Singapore Economy. Basic knowledge of micro and macro economics and applied economics such as development, public finance and monetary economics are very useful.

Modern market design principles are creatively and increasingly improving a range of economic and other systems. This module will cover the principles behind the design of markets and how they are actually applied. The first part introduces the theory of auctions and discusses how auctions for radio spectrum licenses, internet key search words and advertisements, and eBay work. The second part covers other types of systems which include applications that are as diverse as allocation of environmental permits, systems for matching medical interns to hospitals, partner matching (e.g., marriage), and facilitating kidney exchange. On completion of the module, students will:
• be able to apply economic principles of allocation and incentives to actively harness market forces to achieve specific goals in a broad range of markets
• have the knowledge of how a range of standard market design tools like auctions, matching rules, etc., work in different situations to allocate tangible and intangible assets

The module provides an overview of key urban economic theories, including increasing return and spatial equilibrium, urban transportation and urban forms, housing choices and residential externalities, and urban growth and public finance. These theories are then applied to the analysis of urban challenges, such as urbanization, land-use efficiency, housing affordability, and sustainable urban development. Students will be challenged to understand the various difficult issues faced by cities in developing as well as developed economies. They will learn to apply urban economic theories to analyse these challenging issues and to evaluate policy options for addressing these issues. The module equips students with key urban economic theories and their applications to the analysis of urban challenges, such as urbanization, land-use efficiency, housing affordability, and sustainable urban development.

This course examines the economics behind environmental issues and problems and policies designed to address them. Topics are focused on valuation of nonmarket goods, cost‐benefit analysis, project selection, correcting market failures especially in the provision of public goods, the tragedy of the commons, and climate change. This class will provide students with the tools to understand how market inefficiencies might arise in the presence of externalities like pollution and how market solutions can correct market failures. We will study topics on pollution control, valuation of environmental amenities, natural resource management and cost benefit analysis. We will look at market mechanisms like cap and trade, as well as taxes and subsidies, as well as how to correct the under provision of public goods. A large part of the course will also look at climate change and its impact on the economy. This course requires some fieldwork.

The purpose of this module is designed to help students become comfortable and creative as economic researchers and modelers. The course teaches both the principles of microeconomic theory and the fundamental concepts in the various fields of applied microeconomics, such as health economics, public economics and labour economics. Students will learn how to use various economic tools to predict how various parties might respond to changes in public policies. The philosophy behind this course is learning by doing. By applying economic theories to analyze real world issues, students will strengthen their understandings of economic theories. By the end of this course, students should be able to assess the potential effect of hypothetical changes in the health care system on costs and access as well as on providers and consumers.

This course provides an introduction to the field of behavioural economics. In the first part of the course, we will familiarize students with specific empirical problems of the standard model in economics, which assumes that individuals are fully rational, act consistently over time, and are strictly selfish. We will show how departures from these assumptions can be modelled and integrated into economics analysis. In the second part, we will show how this approach can be put to use. We will study how policy interventions can be made more effective, for example in resource conservation, retirement savings, and human-resource practices. In the first part of the course, students will gain an understanding for which types of decisions the standard model in economics systematically fails to describe human behaviour. They will learn how to model these behaviours, and know the relevant empirical literature. In the second part of the course, students will learn how to implement randomized controlled trials to evaluate and utilize the concepts developed in the first part of the course. The module equips students with a sense of the circumstances under which the standard economic model is going to make misleading predictions and makes them aware of the evidence. It complements the strong methodological component of the program by proposing simple ways to model departures from the standard model in economics. It also complements the applied side by putting a heavy emphasis on empirical applications and the design of behavioural interventions that can be used in the private or public sector.

Other university modules upon approval

Not all modules may be offered in any particular academic year. Module offerings will depend on student interest and staff availability.