Behavioral Economics

Course Description

An introduction to the basic principles of conventional economics focusing on purely rational decision making contrasted to the more realistic behavioral economic model based on scientific studies of actual outcomes. Topics covered include the structure of the brain, loss-avoidance, emotions, experiences, social norms, framing, endowment effect, fairness, ethics, morals, trust, satisficing, status, herding, anchors, animal spirits, irrational exuberance, why smart people make investment mistakes, blurring social and financial arrangements, value of nudging people to make superior decisions, charitable donations, and happiness (money isn't everything).

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
26425 ECON 5 01 MTWR··· 11:30 AM-12:20 PM Judith West MCC-17

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2022-09-26 to 2022-12-16.
ECON-005.-01 -: Fully ON-CAMPUS. This class meets on-campus each week on scheduled days and times as noted in the class listing.

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading


EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or (EWRT D01AS and EWRT D01AT) or ESL D005.
ECON D001., D001H, D002. or D002H
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