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Economics 1036: The Psychology and Economics of Beliefs

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

Economics 1036 Matthew Rabin
Spring 2018 HBS and Economics Department
Harvard University
The Psychology and Economics of Beliefs:
Preliminary, Abbreviated Syllabus: January 2, 2018
Wednesdays 1:00-3:00, 102 Harvard Hall
Professor: Matthew Rabin
Offices: 435 Baker Library, 310 Littauer Center; e-mail: matthewrabin@fas.harvard.edu
Teaching Fellow: William Murdock
Office: G31 Littauer Center; e-mail: wmurdock@g.harvard.edu
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Economics 2035: Psychology and Economic Theory

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

 This course explores ways that psychological research indicating systematic departures from classical economic assumptions can be translated into formal models that can be incorporated into economics. Topics include ways utility theory can be improved--such as incorporating reference dependence, news utility, social preferences, self image, and other belief-based tastes--and ways we can relax assumptions of perfect rationality--such as incorporating focusing effects, limited attention, biased prediction of future tastes, present-biased preferences, biases in probabilistic...

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