Behavioral Economics in Action

Over the last 30 years, psychologists and economists have gained a deeper understanding of what motivates people, how they process information, and what non-economic features of the choice environment influence decisions. This seminar builds on this recent work of Behavioral Economics and allows the student to develop a hands-on approach and use behavioral economics to change people behavior. Emphasis will be on presenting and discussing specific topics in this literature: for instance, applications on health, education, dishonesty, environment, charitable giving, voting, saving and spending.


Learning Objectives:

After completing the course, you should be able to:


  • Review the most recent findings of behavioral economics and how to apply them to public policy.



  • Identify the causes of a specific irrational behavior and analyze the consequences of this behavior for the society.


  • Design (or conduct) experiments and policy interventions aiming at ameliorate societal well-being and improve people’s life.


Kick-off meeting: Monday August 31, 2020.

Please connect on my Zoom at 13:15. I will introduce the course (learning outcomes, deadlines, presentation days, expectations, etc.) and give you some advice). Here my slides and here a Google spreadsheet (more info during the meeting).

For those of you that are still looking for an idea, I suggest you give a look at my other two courses:

Economics of Misbehavior

Science of Behavior Change

Last semester I have also taught a course for PhD students that can be relevant for you too: Advice to Young Economists

Resources to improve your writing:

In what follows I want to share some interesting talks that I hope will inspire you for the choice of the topic.

There are many other intersting videos on differnt topics. If interested, you can start to watch this list.

Finally, a series of online lectures that may interest you