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040186 UK Individual Choice and Welfare (2012S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 05.03. 09:00 - 10:30 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Wednesday 07.03. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Friday 09.03. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Tuesday 13.03. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Wednesday 14.03. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Friday 16.03. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Monday 19.03. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Wednesday 21.03. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)
Friday 23.03. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 1, Maria-Theresien-Str.3/Parterre, 1090 Wien)

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Assessment and permitted materials

A positive evaluation will depend on two variables. First, participation
during the course. It is therefore necessary to be present at the
lectures. No more than two lecture sessions can be missed. Second,
participants at this course will have to hand in a short essay of
1000-1500 words with a title of their own choice at the end of EACH week
during the four weeks of this lecture. This thus makes 4 short essays.
Late submissions and anything less than 4 essays per person will not be
accepted for a positive evaluation of this course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course will look at individual choice behavior in

more detail. We will look at the theory of individual choice and try to

understand the conceptual challenges that come along with it. What person

does this approach represent? What behavior is highlighted? We will in

particular study the discussion around the meaning of self-interest,

whether the person is self-interested in a purely egoistic sense or

whether he or she can be self-interested in a large sense which also

includes other-regarding behavior. This will also have important

consequences on what we mean by welfare for a person. In particular, the

question is what we can say about the welfare of a person if she is not

acting in her self-interest. The thread of this course is that whilst in

recent years, there has been a growing research focus on which "interest"

a person may have (exemplified by the huge increase in

experimental/behavioral literature at which we will also look), what has

not been done is to define what "self" means in self-interest. So what is

it? Said differently, what is the identity of the economic agent? We will

try to respond to these questions by looking at a number of articles and

experiments and to understand their meaning for the conception of the

individual and his or her welfare.

Examination topics

Reading list


Association in the course directory

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