Behavioural Economics in Sustainable Policy

Behavioural Economics in Sustainable Policy, Copenhagen Business School (since 2017)

  • Program: Summer School Program, Dpt of Management, Society and Communication
  • Lecturer: Lucia Reisch
  • Class size: maximum 80 students
  • Duration / credits: one-month summer course; 7.5 ECTS
  • Objective: students will
    1. Assess the key academic literature in the field of behavioral economics and behaviorally based public policy;
    2. Learn and appraise the theory and practical application of behaviorally based policy in sustainability politics with a focus on sustainable consumption;
    3. Understand and apply empirical methods used in behaviourally based public policy;
    4. Assess policy problems in the field of sustainable development and suggest effective behaviorally based policy instruments.
  • Focus: An interdisciplinary course, offering students an opportunity to learn about behavioural economics and “nudging” applied to the field of sustainable policy. Fields of applications include energy use, food waste and healthy lifestyles. A focus is placed on sustainable consumption
  • Innovative approaches: teaching students how to productively give feedback, in relation to short speeches, panel debates, or pros and cons debates which take place in the classroom.
  • Student evaluation: a preliminary assignment, completed online before arrival; a mid-way feedback activity; a 4h final examination.