Economics and Behavior


The course covers topics from behavioral economics with regard to contents and methods. In addition, the students gain insight into the design of economic experiments. Furthermore, the students will become acquainted with reading and critically evaluating current research papers in the field of behavioral economics.

The students

  • gain insight into fundamental topics in behavioral economics;
  • get to know different research methods in the field of behavioral economics;
  • learn to critically evaluate experimental designs;
  • get introduced to current research papers in behavioral economics;
  • become acquainted with the technical terminology in English.

The assessment consists of a written exam (60 minutes) (following §4(2), 1 of the examination regulation).
The exam takes place in every semester. Re-examinations are offered at every ordinary examination date.

The grade will be determined in a final written exam. Students can earn a bonus to the final grade by successfully participating in the exercises.

The total workload for this course is approximately 135.0 hours. For further information see German version.

The lecture will be held in English.


Basic knowledge of microeconomics and statistics are recommended. A background in game theory is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.

Language of instructionEnglish

Kahnemann, Daniel: Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

Ariely, Dan: Predictably Irrational. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Ariely, Dan: The Upside of Irrationality. New York: HarperCollins 2011.