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IFCO 2255 - Economics and Society

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The objective of the course is learning how to use economics to understand situations that according to the common wisdom belong to the domain of other social sciences (sociology, political sciences, demography, criminology and legal studies). We will apply both simple economic theory and empirical analysis. The course does not substitute for the analysis of these disciplines but rather provides a complementary view on complex social phenomena.


GALBIATI, Roberto (Chargé de recherches)

Course validation

The evaluation will be based on two tests: a) One take home (40% of the final mark): students will have to write a short essay (3 pages max) in which they will apply economic reasoning to a social situation we are not covering in class. The assessment will depend on the clarity and originality of the reasoning. b) A final exam in three parts (60% of the final mark): c) - A series of short questions on the material covered during the course. d) - One or two questions in which we'll ask to apply economic theory to a situation not necessarily covered in class e) One or two questions asking to comment some empirical result. -

Required reading

Becker, G.S., "Nobel Lecture: The Economic Way of Looking at Behavior",Journal of Political Economy, 101(3), juin 1983, 385-409.

Additional required reading

Other readings will be communicated att he beginning o the course.