851-0157-75L  Behavioral Insights for Environmental and Public Policy

SemesterSpring Semester 2017
LecturersJ. Schmitz, M. Grieder, V. Tiefenbeck
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 24

Particularly suitable for students D-MTEC, D-USYS


851-0157-75 VBehavioral Insights for Environmental and Public Policy2 hrs
Tue10:15-12:00IFW A 34 »
J. Schmitz, M. Grieder, V. Tiefenbeck

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AbstractThe course provides an introduction to behavioral environmental economics, and highlights the importance of understanding human behavior and psychology for tackling current environmental challenges such as climate change, pollution or new technology adoption. We discuss recent scientific evidence on topics such as public goods, risk perception, heuristics and biases, impatience, or "nudging".
ObjectiveAt the end of the course, students understand the importance of economic and psychological forces for determining environmentally relevant decisions of consumers and citizens. Students will learn about the existing scientific evidence regarding the most important behavioral forces and have a good understanding of their consequences for environmental outcomes, and what it means to design effective public policies or marketing strategies that take these behavioral forces into account. Students will also learn the basics of how to use experimental methods to scientifically test the effectiveness of potential policy interventions or marketing strategies targeted at changing people's behavior in a pro-environmental way.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersJ. Schmitz, M. Grieder, V. Tiefenbeck
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Places24 at the most
Waiting listuntil 12.02.2017

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