Training and Research

Credits

5

Language

Italian

Class attendance

Free Choice

Location

VERONA

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide students with appropriate tools for conducting controlled economic experiments and with concepts of behavioral economics, paying attention to alternative theories of individual choice behavior.

Prerequisites and basic notions

There is no mandatory requirement. Knowledge of microeconomics, game theory and basic statistics is however appreciated.

Program

The available evidence in psychology and economics suggests that individuals' behaviors deviate from the standard economic theory systematically. In this course, we will introduce the modern advances in behavioral economics and bounded rationality, including time-inconsistent preferences and self-control, judgment under risk and uncertainty, imperfect knowledge and social emotions, and show the economic implications of those psychologically richer models. Meanwhile, we aim to answer the question why individuals are "biased", and tend to find the link of some aspects of psychological regularities.
The course deals with methodological, theoretical, historical and practical aspects of experimental and behavioral economics.
Students are expected to read and discuss several papers that attempt to synthesize existing models in psychology and economics. Finally, we will present empirical papers drawn from a variety of fields (consumption, development economics, environmental economics, health economics, labor economics, political economy) as possible applications of these behavioral insights.
Throughout the course we will do our best to point out what seem to us like good directions for research in behavioral economics. In addition, as an incentive to get you started, the exam consists of analyzing a specific paper and proposing a possible extension.

MODULE 1 (Levati)
- Introduction. Methodology of Experimental Economics. What sort of knowledge social scientists can collect in the laboratory and what experiments can tell us about economic theories. Specific methods and techniques for conducting economic experiments, focusing on basic rules for reaching control in experiments. What is a field experiment: a taxonomy and a brief history.
- Social preferences, Inequity Aversion and Reciprocity (theory and experimental evidence).

MODULE 2 (Quercia):
- Risk preferences, reference dependence, prospect theory (theory and experimental evidence).
- Time preferences, time inconsistency, present bias and hyperbolic discounting (theory and experimental evidence and strategies to tackle self-control problems).

MODULE 3 (Piovesan)
- Behavioral Insights / Nudging theory and applications to environment, health, education, charitable giving, saving, discrimination.

Bibliography

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Learning assessment procedures

Students have to read a recent paper on Behavioral and Experimental Economics (theoretical or empirical) suggested by us and write: 1) a "referee report" containing a short summary of the paper, a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the paper; 2) a proposal of a possible extension of that paper.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disorders (SLD), who intend to request the adaptation of the exam, must follow the instructions given HERE

PhD school courses/classes - 2022/2023

Faculty

A B C D F G L M P Q R S T V Z

Andreoli Francesco

symbol email francesco.andreoli@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8102

Bracco Emanuele

symbol email emanuele.bracco@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8293

Bucciol Alessandro

symbol email alessandro.bucciol@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8278

Campolmi Alessia

symbol email alessia.campolmi@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8071

Cipriani Giam Pietro

symbol email giampietro.cipriani@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8271

Demo Edoardo

symbol email edoardo.demo@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8782 (VR) 0444.393930 (VI)

De Sinopoli Francesco

symbol email francesco.desinopoli@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 842 5450

Di Caterina Claudia

symbol email claudia.dicaterina@univr.it symbol phone-number 0458028247

Fiore Simona

symbol email simona.fiore@univr.it

Fioroni Tamara

symbol email tamara.fioroni@univr.it

Gnoatto Alessandro

symbol email alessandro.gnoatto@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8537

Levati Maria Vittoria

symbol email vittoria.levati@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8640

Mancini Cecilia

symbol email cecilia.mancini@univr.it

Menon Martina

symbol email martina.menon@univr.it

Minozzo Marco

symbol email marco.minozzo@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8234

Pellegrini Letizia

symbol email letizia.pellegrini@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8345

Perali Federico

symbol email federico.perali@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8486

Peretti Alberto

symbol email alberto.peretti@univr.it symbol phone-number 0444 393936 (VI) 045 802 8238 (VR)

Pertile Paolo

symbol email paolo.pertile@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8438

Picarelli Athena

symbol email athena.picarelli@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 8028242

Piovesan Marco

symbol email marco.piovesan@univr.it symbol phone-number 045.80.28.104

Quercia Simone

symbol email simone.quercia@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8237

Renò Roberto

symbol email roberto.reno@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8526

Ricciuti Roberto

symbol email roberto.ricciuti@univr.it symbol phone-number 0458028417

Rossi Francesca

symbol email francesca.rossi_02@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8098

Scricciolo Catia

symbol email catia.scricciolo@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 8028341

Sommacal Alessandro

symbol email alessandro.sommacal@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8716

Svaluto Ferro Sara

symbol email sara.svalutoferro@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 8028783

Veronesi Marcella

symbol email marcella.veronesi@univr.it

Zarri Luca

symbol email luca.zarri@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8101

Zoli Claudio

symbol email claudio.zoli@univr.it symbol phone-number 045 802 8479

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Guidelines for PhD students

Below you will find the files that contain the Guidelines for PhD students and rules for the acquisition of ECTS credits (in Italian: "CFU") for the Academic Year 2023/2024.

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File pdf Dottorandi: linee guida generali (2023/2024) pdf, it, 245 KB, 26/02/24
File pdf PhD students: general guidelines (2023/2024) pdf, en, 245 KB, 26/02/24