Go to Main Content

Georgetown University


Detailed Course Information


Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
Transparent Image
Information Select the desired Level or Schedule Type to find available classes for the course.

PPOL 650 - Behavioral Econ & Dev Policy
How should policymakers in developing countries take account of the fact that people are not hyper-rational, individualistic utility-maximizing machines?  In this class we will examine the theories and tools of behavioral economics, and their consequences for development policy.  Each week, we will examine specific ‘behavioralist’ departures from the neoclassical model, demonstrating how lab- and field-experiments provide ways of measuring this phenomenon, examining evidence of its importance, and discussing implications for policymaking. Specific topics will include attitudes toward risk and uncertainty; learning; attention and bandwidth; present bias; trust and altruism.  These will be applied to policy areas ranging from the adoption of agricultural technologies, to the management of health and income risks, the encouragement of savings, and the motivation of public servants.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Policy Management
      Public Policy

Return to Previous New Search
Transparent Image
Skip to top of page