Seminar: Behavioral Economics of Education - CANCELLED

Course content

Experimentation is gaining increasing attention from education researchers and policy-makers. In this course we will discuss how experimentation can be used to shape education policy moving forward. Insights from child development, psychology, and behavioral economics can help identify underlying mechanisms of the education production function and inform the design of interventions in ways that increase (cost-) effectiveness. 


MSc programme of Economics
The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome

Students will review the most recent finding of behavioral economics of education.

Students will design (or conduct) experiments and policy interventions aiming at ameliorate education.

Introduction: The course will be introduced by 2 lectures September 16, 2016 which outline the main idea and the relevant literature. These lectures will be hold during the first month of the course.

Students are required to write a 12-page paper on a subject of their own choice within one of the course’s main themes. The paper can take various forms. One possibility is to do thorough analysis and discussion of some journal articles published in prominent economics journal. A second possibility is that students conduct their own experimental intervention where they replicate and/or extend a published paper and/or propose alternative experimental design. The teacher will assist students with the experimental design.

  • Sadoff, S. (2014). The role of experimentation in education policy. Oxford Review of Economic Policy30(4), 597-620.

  • Lavecchia, A. M., Liu, H., & Oreopoulos, P. (2014). Behavioral economics of education: Progress and possibilities (No. w20609). National Bureau of Economic Research.

  • Levitt, S. D., List, J. A., Neckermann, S., & Sadoff, S. (2012). The behavioralist goes to school: Leveraging behavioral economics to improve educational performance (No. w18165). National Bureau of Economic Research.

  • Kraft, M. A., & Rogers, T. (2015). The underutilized potential of teacher-to-parent communication: Evidence from a field experiment. Economics of Education Review47, 49-63.

This seminar does not require any previous knowledge of behavioral economics (but it is recommended). The references reported above introduce to the topic. However, students should have some basic knowledge of microeconomics, statistics and econometrics (basic courses taught at BA level).

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
A written seminar paper in English.
All aids allowed

Al aids for the written seminarpaper.

For the oral presentation: No restriction, students can organize their presentation as they prefer. 

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
up to 20 % censorship at the seminarpaper
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 6
  • Project work
  • 200
  • English
  • 206