Economics of Misbehavior, Reading List

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In this course you have to read papers and book chapters but also watch videos and listen podcasts. You can find below the reading list for each module. Please read these resources before watching the videos.


Reading list before each lecture:

All students registered at KU (including international students) have access to journal subscription through the university library. Here is a guide for students. Note that you are automatically granted access to these journals by being on the university network. That is the case if you are physically on campus and connected through the KU wireless network. You can also get on the network through a VPN (check on UCPH website how to set up the VPN). As long as you are on the VPN (or on campus), google scholar searches will lead you to the journal articles.

Module 1: What Determines Misbehavior

Module 2: The Economic Approach to Human Behavior

Module 3: Addictive behavior

  • Rachlin, H. (1997). Four teleological theories of addiction. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 4(4), 462-473.
  • Section 2.1- 2.4 pp. 110-126 of Cawley, J., & Ruhm, C. J. (2011). The economics of risky health behaviors, Handbook of Health Economics (Chapter 3).
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Module 4: Crime

  • Chapter 4 “Economics of Crime” in Bowmaker, S. W. (Ed.). (2006). Economics uncut: A complete guide to life, death and misadventure
  • Read: Machin, S.. & Marie, O. (2014) Lessons from the economics of crime, VoxEu.
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Module 5: Corruption and Violence

Module 6: Morals and Markets

Module 7: Repugnant Markets

Module 8: Discrimination and Racism

  • Fay, C. R. (1925). North Carolina and the New Industrial Revolution. The Economic Journal, 35(138), 200-213.

  • Chiswick, B. R., Tommasi, M., & Ierulli, K. (1995). The economics of discrimination: A primer. Chapter 1 of the book The New Economics of Human Behaviour, pp. 15-39.
    => Go to Module 8

Module 9: Pandemic

Module 10: Is Misbehavior Contagious?