Behavioral Finance (F)

Course content

The teaching in this course may be changed to be taught either fully or partly online due to COVID-19. For further information, see the course room on Absalon. The time, place and type of assessment used for the exam may also be changed due to COVID-19, and any further information will be announced under the panel “Exam”.

Traditional economic theory assumes that economic agents are fully rational with unlimited cognitive abilities and willpower. However, individuals frequently and systematically make decisions in contradiction with these standard presumptions. Against the background of this finding the course addresses e.g. the following questions:

  • What are the shortcomings of traditional theories in economics and finance?

  • How do the new concepts / theories in behavioral finance and behavioral economics address these shortcomings?

  • How do these new theories relate to the traditional theories and what are their strengths and limitations?

  • How do the new behavioral presumptions in behavioral finance and economics change the predictions of classical economic theories?


MSc programme in Economics – elective course

The course is part of the MSc programme in Economics, Financial line, symbolized by ‘F’.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:



  • Account for how behavioral finance and economics attempts to understand the most important systematic behavioral departures from standard economic theories.

  • Provide an in-depth overview of the most important seminal works in behavioral finance

  • Identify and discuss the impact and relevance of the new concepts and theories presented in these seminal works.



  • Critically assess and relate the new concepts and the supporting empirical evidence put forward in the hitherto existing seminal works in behavioral finance.

  • Debate and present these new and often complex concepts in a simple, clear and pricise way.



  • Apply the empirical and theoretical knowledge and the skills obtained in this course to understand real-world behavioral phenomena that lie beyond the scope of this course.

  • Solve problems and implement decision for subject within behavioral finance that lie outside the scope of the course.

In the first week of the course there will be an opening lecture during which also all organizational issues are discussed. In all the following weeks there will be lectures on different topics in behavioral finance and economics.

A list of required readings will be given to the students in the beginning of the course

A sound knowledge of microeconomics and game theory is required.

2 hours lectures 1 to 2 times a week from week 36 to 50 (except week 42).

The overall schema for the Master can be seen at KUnet:
MSc in Economics => "Courses and teaching" => "Planning and overview" => "Your timetable"

Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of lectures please press the link under "Timetable"/​"Se skema" at the right side of this page. E means Autumn.

You can find the similar information partly in English at
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-Select Module:: “2200-E20; [Name of course]”
-Select Report Type: “List – Weekdays”
-Select Period: “Efterår/Autumn – Weeks 31-5”
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Students have the possibility to get individual oral feedback during office hours

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 2 hours
The exam assignment is in English and must be answered in English.
Due to the Corona crisis, the Board of Study has decided to change the regular exams and the re-sit exams in the autumn semester to written online take-home exams. Both exams are still individual.

During the exam, it is not allowed to communicate with others about the exam assignment nor the solution at all. It is also prohibited to distribute data regarding the solutions to anyone. If this or alike actions happens, it will be regarded as cheating and plagiarism.

Please
- https:/​/​​newsroom/​study-messages/​Pages/​Information-about-the-winter-exams-at-the-Department-of-Economics.aspx
- https:/​/​​newsroom/​study-messages/​Pages/​Information-on-rescheduled-PBV-winter-exams-.aspx
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
for the written exam. The exam may be chosen for external censorship by random check.
Criteria for exam assessment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.


To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 162
  • Exam
  • 2
  • English
  • 206