Behavioral Economics and Public Policy - PhD Course – University of Copenhagen

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11 March 2019

Behavioral Economics and Public Policy - PhD Course

Steffen Altmann, Daniel Schunk and Alexander Sebald focus on 4 broad areas of research in Behavioral Economics that are of particular relevance from a public-policy perspective:

  1. Present Bias and Limited Self-Control
  2. Social Norms and Social Comparison
  3. Limited Attention and Salience
  4. Reference-Dependence and Loss Aversion

In addition to introducing the concepts and policy applications of behavioral economics, the course will also equip students with the methodological tools and skills to design, conduct and evaluate randomized controlled trials in public policy.

The course consists of a 4-days teaching block and a 2-days research workshop with internal and external speakers.


Admission procedure
Students who would like to participate in the course should send a short letter of motivation (max 1 page) describing (i) their research interests and (ii) why they are interested in participating in the course. Letters should be sent to no later than 24 February 2019.  

Course fees 
The course is free of charge for PhD students in Social Sciences from Danish and international PhD programs.

ECTS points
Upon completing all course activities (attendance of the teaching block and research workshop + submission of written project proposal), participants will be awarded 5 ECTS credits and a course certificate.

When and where
11-16 March 2019 at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.
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Steffen Altmann, University of Copenhagen,
Administrative support: Charlotte Jespersen, University of Copenhagen,