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41956-01 - Vorlesung: Advanced Public Economics: Behavioral Models and Applications 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Jean-Philippe Nicolai (j.nicolai@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
The course investigates public economics under the assumption of non standard agents. Students will explore three fundamental aspects of this discipline: how relaxing the assumption of neoclassical economics can modify the role of government and its intervention; how to curb externalities and finance public goods under non-standard agents; and how the main results in public finance are altered. The course is divided into THREE parts: i) behavioral biases and paternalistic temptation, ii) motivation, iii) social preferences and public goods.

The first part of the course focuses on behavioral biases and provides insights on paternalistic regulation. Students will be familiarized with behavioral biases. The nudges will be studied with a special focus on health and energy. The concept of salience, mainly developed by Chetty, will be introduced and we will examine whether salience means a need of information or a new form of paternalism. Then, we will focus on Fahri and Gabaix (2015) who develop a theory of optimal taxation with behavioral agents.

The second part is dedicated to motivation and to the crowding-out effect. After defining the crowding out effect, several evidence of such an effect will be studied and we will analyze Benabou and Tirole which provide economic explanations of crowding-out effect.

The third part is devoted to social preferences and public goods. Evidence of social preferences will be presented with two main explanations - the warm-glow and the norms - and applied to the provision of public goods. Finally, we will explore the decision of tax evasion under social interactions.
Literatur TEXTBOOK:
The course will be based on the following book:
Policy and choice / William J. Congdon, Jeffrey R. Kling, Sendhil Mullainathan. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2011.
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Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2020 – 11.12.2020
Zeit Freitag, 12.15-14.00 - Online Präsenz -
Freitag, 16.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -

Online Zoom course on Fr 4 - 6 pm weekly

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 18.09.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 25.09.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 02.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 09.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 16.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 23.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 30.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 06.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 13.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 20.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 27.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 04.12.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 11.12.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Kernbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Vertiefungsmodul: Markets and Public Policy (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Written exam:
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Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ