ECON42390 Behavioural Economics: Policy Implications

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the application of behavioural economics in public policy and regulation. The module reviews core concepts in behavioural economics with particular relevance to public policy. We examine a range of case studies in the application of behavioural economics in key areas such as environment, health, retirement saving, law reform, and several others. We examine the key ethical aspects of policies based on behavioural evidence and provide detailed instruction on the key areas of thought on the debate about the deployment of different types of influence techniques in public policy.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module, we hope students attain the following learning outcomes:

- Knowledge of key case studies and policy applications of behavioural economics across key domains

- Knowledge of key debates on the merits and demerits of different approaches to behaviourally informed law and regulation.

- Critical awareness of ethical and legal aspects of behavioural policy intervention.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered in the form of interactive lectures providing students with overviews of key policy literatures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: < Description > 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Essay: < Description > Week 10 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive detailed group feedback on their essays and exam preparation. They will also receive individual written feedback on essays.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Orla Doyle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Leonhard Lades Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Margaret Samahita Lecturer / Co-Lecturer