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Political Economics: Institutions and Human Behavior

Political Economics: Institutions and Human Behavior
Typ: Seminar (S) Links:
Semester: WS 15/16
Zeit: 2015-10-22
15:45 - 17:15 täglich
11.40 Raum 221 11.40 Kollegiengebäude am Ehrenhof


2015-12-11
08:00 - 19:00 täglich
11.40 Raum 214 11.40 Kollegiengebäude am Ehrenhof


Dozent: Prof. Dr. Nora Szech
SWS: 2
LVNr.: 2560141
PrerequisitesNone. Knowledge in the field of experimental economic research or behavioral economics as well as in the field of Microeconomics and Game Theory may be helpful.
DescriptionHow do institutions affect human behavior? In which ways do social norms (or markets, or organizations …) shape human decisions? How can institutions increase or decrease pro-social behavior?

This seminar provides a forum to share and discuss ideas on how institutions affect human behavior. With the support at our chair, students develop their own ideas for the design of an economic experiment or field study.

Impulses may be received from Michael Sandel (e.g. on institutions and justice), George Loewenstein (e.g. on decision making), Ernst Fehr (e.g. on competition and cooperation), Jean Tirole (e.g. on the design of institutions), Uri Gneezy (e.g. on incentive mechanisms), James Andreoni (e.g. on pro-social behavior and charitable giving) or Armin Falk and Nora Szech (e.g. on morals and institutions).

Students may work individually or in pairs of two. Working in teams of two is being recommended.

The seminar starts with an obligatory introductory meeting at the beginning of the semester on October 22nd, 2015. Ideas for an experiment or field study will be presented in a block event on December 11th, 2015, each presentation lasting about 20 minutes. Seminar papers of 8 – 10 pages are to be handed in by February 29th, 2016.

For bachelor students grades will be based on the quality of presentations and discussions in the seminar (50%) and the seminar paper (50%).

Master students additionally have to hand in two abstracts with their paper. Their grades will be based on the quality of presentations and discussions in the seminar (40%), the seminar paper (40%), and the two abstracts (20%). Participation is limited to 12 students. Please apply for the seminar via the centralized platform (https://portal.wiwi.kit.edu/Seminare). You will be notified about acceptance by September 28th, 2015.

For further questions, please contact Leonie Fütterer (leonie.fuetterer@kit.edu).

Bibliography

Impulses may be received from Michael Sandel (e.g. on institutions and justice), George Loewenstein (e.g. on decision making), Ernst Fehr (e.g. on competition and cooperation), Jean Tirole (e.g. on the design of institutions), Uri Gneezy (e.g. on incentive mechanisms), James Andreoni (e.g. on pro-social behavior and charitable giving) or Armin Falk and Nora Szech (e.g. on morals and institutions).

CommentStudents may work individually or in pairs of two
WorkloadAbout 90 hours.
Target audienceBachelor and Master students of the fields Industrial Engineering and Management , Information Engineering and Management , Economics Engineering or Economathematics interested in economic research.
AimThe student develops an own idea for an economic experiment or field study in this research direction.