ECON42570 Behavioural E'mics:Policy App

Academic Year 2021/2022

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 policy.

- The skills required to design a behavioural policy intervention.

Indicative Module Content:

The topics below are indicative of the module content (subject to change)
1. Health
2. Education
3. Labor
4. Environment
5. Mental health
6. Taxation
7. Financial decision making
8. Methods
9. Regulation
10. Behavioural political economy

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 online lectures given by multiple lecturers 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: A 2 hour online exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Working in groups of 2 you will produce a 5000 word document that would guide behaviourally-informed policy in your key area of interest. Week 9 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Presentation: Prepare a 5 minute group presentation based on your group project. Week 12 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale 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, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive detailed group feedback on their project and exam preparation.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Orla Doyle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Margaret Samahita Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50