Chair of Economic Theory
Teaching

Teaching

The chair offers teaching within the bachelor programme Business Administration and Economics and the master programme International Economics and Business.

  • Macroeconomics (bachelor, in German)
  • Institutional Economics (bachelor, in German)
  • Behavioral Economics and the Seven Sins (bachelor, in German)
  • Introduction to Behavioral Game Theory (bachelor, in German)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics (master, in English)
  • Monetary Economics (master, in German)
  • Economics of Corruption (master, in English)
  • Behavioral Game Theory (master, in German)
  • Lab and Field Experiments: Corruption, Conflict and Cooperation (master, in English)
  • Experimental Ethics (master, in German)

An English track will soon be offered within the master programme International Economics and Business. If you need any advice, feel free to contact us via email.

Behavioural Economics Courses

The chair offers several courses in behavioural economics:

Master level:

  • Economics of Corruption
  • Experimental Ethics
  • Lab and Field Experiments: Corruption, Conflict and Cooperation
  • Behavioral Game Theory (in German)

Bachelor level:

  • Behavioral Economics and the Seven Sins (in German)
  • Introduction to Behavioral Game Theory (in German)

More more information on the courses do not hesitate to contact the team of the chair.

Lab and Field Experiments: Corruption, Conflict and Cooperation

Format: Seminar, 7/10 ECTS

Term: summer (next one 2018)

The seminar consists of two parts: In the first part, students learn the methodological basics of designing and conducting laboratory and field experiments, mainly by analyzing and discussing seminal experimental studies in the fields of anticorruption and conflict resolution. They also learn the basics of programming computer-based laboratory experiments in the program „z-Tree“ (Fischbacher, 2007) and smartphone-based (field) experiments in the software “classEx” (Giamattei, Lambsdorff 2015). In the second part, students apply this knowledge and design, program and run their own laboratory or field experiment and analyze the results.

The course yields 10 ECTS. Students can also run a group Project (in groups of 2) and obtain 7 ECTS.

Economics of Corruption

Format: Seminar (blocked one-week), 5 ECTS

Term: winter (next one 18/19) 07-14.10.2018

The Economics of Corruption will focus on experimental and behavioral approaches towards corruption and good governance. Recent years have seen growing skepticism towards control and compliance and the associated administrative burden. Novel methods of anticorruption focus on detecting the intrinsic rather than the extrinsic drivers that might motivate ethical government. Participants learn about this experimental and behavioral research by help of lectures, games, simulations, presentations and case studies. They are confronted with detailed methods on the limits to discretion, contract penalties, compliance systems, debarment, intermediaries, procurement, leniency and corporate liability. They are guided towards developing appropriate designs and work in groups to implement their own experiments.PhD-students are invited to present their research (15 min. presentation + 5 min. discussion). There are no tuition fees. The course is directed towards PhD and Master-students in the social sciences (economics, business administration, psychology, political science, law, sociology) who apply experimental methods in their respective fields and would like to exchange ideas across disciplinary boundaries.More information on icgg.org

 

 

Behavioral Game Theory

Format: Lecture, 5 ECTS

Term: winter (next one 18/19)

In this class, we analyse the influence of social preferences, limited computation and limited reasoning on strategic choices and resulting equlibria. For this, we look at ultimatum games, trust games, games with mixed strategy equilibria, bargaining games, coordination games and games with dominant strategies. Students are required to replicate a well-known experiment in class and analyse the resulting behaviour and contrast it to the predictions derived from a game theoretic perspective.

Introduction to Behavioral Game Theory

Format: Seminar, 7 ECTS

Term: winter (next one 18/19)

In this class, we analyse the influence of social preferences, limited computation and limited reasoning on strategic choices and resulting equlibria. For this, we look at ultimatum games, trust games, games with mixed strategy equilibria, bargaining games, coordination games and games with dominant strategies. Students are required to write a short paper about a pen-and-paper experiment conducted in class and analyse the resulting behaviour and contrast it to the predictions derived from a game theoretic perspective.

Experimental Ethics

Format: Seminar, 5 ECTS

Term: winter (next one 18/19)

The seminar presents experimental studies from psychology and economics on the significance of morality for human behaviour. These include, among other things, intuition in moral judgements, diffusion of responsibility, self-serving bias, crowding-out, replacement logic, pivotality, and others.  Students learn how to deal with economically relevant terminology and literature as well as independent argumentation-based discussion. You will also learn to adopt and represent ethical positions in an interdisciplinary environment between psychology and economics. They also learn to formulate and discuss a research proposal.

Behavioral Economics and the Seven Sins (Bachelor)

Format: Seminar, 7 ECTS

Term: summer (next one 2018)

In this seminar, we discuss a number of behavioral and experimental economic research papers whose content is related to the seven deadly sins. For example, how do greed and wrath impact human decision making? Do markets bring along moral decay? Why do we postpone unpleasant things? Are there economic reasons for the joint consumption of alcohol?