About the Course

Behavioral Economics

  • Grade 10+
  • CTY-Level
  • LIVE

Why is it so hard to hail a cab in the rain in New York City? Why do some people pay for annual gym memberships when they would save on a pay-as-you go basis? Integrate ideas from the social sciences with economics to understand how we act, make decisions, and play.

Explore and test a range of theories, maybe by using Tversky and Kahneman’s idea of Supposedly Irrelevant Factors to determine their applicability to your life and to qualitatively explain several classic behavioral economics scenarios. Later in the course, after studying E. Cartwright’s analysis of breakfast cereal choice, conduct your own parallel analysis to choose, for instance, a college or a dessert.

Individual and group activities provide a thorough introduction to behavioral economics and its implications for public policy.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week (1 hour class time, 3-4 hours independent work).
Summer Time Commitment: 12-15 hours per week (3 hours class time, 9-12 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Apply by August 30 to start:

Apply by August 30 to start:

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.
Synchronous class meetings typically last about an hour.

 

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Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
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Course Prerequisites

Behavioral Economics requires:

1 prerequisite

Algebra 2. Previous exposure to economics is not assumed; students can build upon any prior experience.

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Book Title: Behavioral Economics: The Basics
Author: P. Corr and A. Plagnol
ISBN: 978-1138228917

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

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