Instructors: Chiara Rapallini
The course will be divided in two parts. The first one will introduce some key concepts like bounded rationality, heuristics for complex choices, prospect theory, framing effect. In presenting the main contributions of this strand of the economics literature, students will be introduced to the experimental methods. The second part will be focused on a set of applications of this framework to traditional topics in economics like saving decisions, wage's definition and its rigidity, free riding and the public goods provision, the role played by incentives and punishment for economic behaviour. A specific attention will be given to the theory of "nudging" for designing policies in light of a deeper knowledge of human behaviour.