Incentives, Policy and Behavior

SAM24 Incentives, Policy and Behavior

Autumn 2024

  • Topics

    The course aims to provide students with a broad introduction to modern microeconomic research on incentives, policy, and behavior.

    The course covers the research frontiers in selected topics within economics and will address social norms, discrimination, political activism, and the formation of political preferences, among other things.

    The course aims to convey an understanding of experimental research and important societal issues.

  • Learning outcome

    Upon completion of the course, students can:


    • Discuss a wide range of studies in applied microeconomics.
    • Apply experimental and quasi-experimental methods.


    • Critically evaluate an academic research study in applied microeconomics.
    • Formulate research hypotheses to test economic theory.

    General competence

    • Describe and explain the scientific method and how incentives and institutions affect behavior.

  • Teaching

    The course consist of lectures that will feature group discussions.

  • Compulsory Activity

    Approved term paper. Term papers that are not approved on the first attempt can be resubmitted. To be eligible for resubmission, the first attempt must be conclusive, i.e. the student must have made a real attempt to answer the majority of the case provided.

  • Assessment

    4 hour digital school exam.

    An assessment in SAM24 will not be organised in the the non-teaching semester. As of autumn 2023, only mandatory bachelor courses with an individual assessment will have an assessment in the non-teaching semester. This only applies to students with a valid course approval. The retake options that apply at all times are decided by the dean for the bachelor program and will be published in the course description.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Scientific articles. Selection will be varied, but will include article on the research front published in the best journals.

  • Permitted Support Material


    One bilingual dictionary (Category I)

    All in accordance with Supplementary provisions to the Regulations for Full-time Study Programmes at the Norwegian School of Economics Ch.4 Permitted support material


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Will be offered spring 2024.

Course responsible

Associate Professor Ingar Haaland, Department of Economics