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Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, I expect the student to be able to:

– Identify which tool is appropriate for studying a given behavior and its consequences.
– Reflect on the origins of specific (mis)behaviors and their causes.
– Account for the most relevant drivers of human behavior.

– Analyze cases using the proper economic theories, methods and tools.
– Discuss real-world problems and policy questions and connect them with the relevant economic literature.

– Plan and carry out an individual analysis of issues, causes and consequences.
– Select and develop appropriate analytical frameworks and suggest policy recommendations.
– Debate and write about economic ideas and policies effectively.

Recommended Academic Qualifications

The course requires that students read several scientific papers and have a good knowledge of microeconomics and econometrics. It is recommended that students have followed Micro III from the Study of Economics, University of Copenhagen, or a similar course.


Written assignment, 7 days individual take-home exam. It is not allowed to collaborate on the assignment with anyone. The exam is given in English and must be answered in English. The exam takes place in week 35 (from 10 AM of August 22th to 10 AM of August 29th).

Requirements: Full participation at the summer school is mandatory and the student must actively participate in all activities to be able to sit the exam including:
1) Participation in group activities: During the course, each student is assigned to a specific group. In the group, the student has to work on all the activities given by the teacher.
2) Individual homework: During each lecture in class, the student has to answer and submit one (or more) assignment questions covering the reading material. The student must have 75% of the mandatory assignments approved to be able to sit the exam.

Teaching and learning Methods

Lectures and group work where the students collaborate, debate and challenge other students and give each other constructive feedback. During each lecture a different topic will be presented, analyzed and discussed. First, the lecturer will introduce the topic and will pose a specific problem (challenge). Then, some students will present some of some assigned papers and the class will discuss critically their contents. After that, students (in groups) will work on the challenge assigned. At the end of the lecture, the entire class will reflect on the topic of the lecture and wrap-up what has been learnt.


The course is divided in 10 modules. Each module is self-contained and comprises 4 parts of different lengths. Each module is a combination of different teaching activities: lectures that present the topic, exercises and group activities to foster active learning, resources to delve into the topics and discussion and Q&A to practice economic reasoning. 

This year this course will be offered online. Students are required to take part in daily assignments, group activities and discussion at a specific time of the day in week 33 (August 10-14) and in week 34 (August 17-21). To facilitate learning, some teaching activities will be available online in advance and students can study the material at their own pace. Please be aware that the summer school requires full-time study. 

Course responsible: Prof. Marco Piovesan

I am Professor MSO at the Department of Economics of the University of Copenhagen. Before that, I was CLER Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Since 2009 I published 24 papers in prestigious academic journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, European Economic Review and Journal of Experimental Psychology-General, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Moreover, my papers have been featured in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Businessweek, Washington Post, Daily Mail and many other international magazines. I am Director of the Centre for Experimental Economics (CEE), an infrastructure for conducting experimental research at the University of Copenhagen, and Director of the Copenhagen Interactive Developmental Studies (KIDS), a laboratory for studying the development of (non-standard) preferences of children and adolescents. I am a member of the Center for Healthy Ageing and of the Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI).

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Teaching assistant: Anna Maria Kyritsaki


Anna Maria is a master student in Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Copenhagen. She has been Research Assistant at Athens University of Economics & Business  and as team leader at Lime Transportation Technology.