Behavior and Incentives

ECS549 Behavior and Incentives

  • Topics


    Incentives and wellness, deception, bribing the self, gender gap, non-profit organizations, prising in firms

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    The aim of the course is to give the students an introduction to the art and science of behavioural change, with a special focus on how incentives shape individual behaviour. The course will also cover many different applications of these issues and aim at being of interest for students in all fields of economics and business administration.

  • Teaching


    The course will consist of ten lectures and student presentations.

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Students taking part in the course should have basic training in economics at the master level, which means that well qualified students who have not yet completed their master can be given permission to take part in the course.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    The student will have to write a research paper on a topic covered in the course (15 pages, pass/fail)

  • Assessment


    • Pass/Fail on individual research paper;
    • No school exam;
    • No other activities will be graded.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass / fail

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools

    Homepage: There will be established a homepage for the course early on itslearning.

  • Semester


    Fall 2014

  • Literature


    The students will have to read a set of research papers, which will be circulated a month before the course starts.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Course responsible

Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden, The Department of Economics and The Choice Lab, NHH Norwegian School of Economics.


Uri Gneezy, Rady School of Management, UC San Diego.