Universität Wien FIND

180140 SE Analysis of Economic Concepts (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Digital, until Easter at least.

Dienstag 02.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 09.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 16.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 23.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 13.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 20.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 04.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 11.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 18.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 08.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 15.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 22.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 29.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung


Philosophy of Science (M2.P1 Central Topics and Texts in Theoretical Philosophy - or equivalent); Intermediate Microeconomics (M2.E1 Foundational Microeconomics - or equivalent); Basic game theory (Weeks 1 and 2 of the Coursera lecture from the University of British Columbia: Jackson et al, "Game Theory" - or equivalent).

Course Outline:

Of all occurring social phenomena, only a small fraction catches the attention of economists. How is that fraction determined?

To some extent, economists focus their attention on those phenomena which they know how to conceptualize. In this seminar, we hold example-based discussions on economists’ contemporary conceptual schemes. We take it that economic concepts are defined by actual practice. As a consequence, a concept’s content varies with (1) the collection of models or formal structures which it brings to mind, (2) the interpretation of these structures (in particular, their empirical content), and (3) the use to which these structures are put.

At the end of the seminar, a successful student is sensible to a significant danger that comes with the discussion of economic theories. Namely, that of conflating two economic concepts with one another or of conflating an economic concept with a false friend in ordinary, social scientific, or philosophical language. Despite our focus on specific examples, general lessons will emerge: a successful student has developed skills to differentiate any economic concept from potential false friends.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Weekly homeworks will enable students to earn up to 20 points. The student earns a full grade on homeworks by submitting all but two homeworks. A submission of all homeworks will earn the student 4 bonus points (total grade: 24). A submission of all but one homework will earn the student 2 bonus points (total grade 22).

The elaboration of a video presentation will enable the student to earn up to 20 points out of a 100.

The term paper will enable the student to earn up to 60 points out of a 100.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The grading will then be as follows:

85-100 points, 1
70-85 points, 2
60-70 points , 3
50-60 points, 4
less than 50 points, 5.

A positive evaluation requires students to achieve a pass grade (4) and to actively attend the seminar. Two unauthorized absences will be excused.


Topic 1: Individual Decision-Making and Welfare

Topic 2: Information, Markets, and Efficiency

Topic 3: Group Decision-Making


Readings will be made available on MOODLE in due time. All assigned readings will be in English.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 05.05.2021 14:08