Behavioral Development Economics

Behavioral Development Economics represents a step forward from mainstream development economics.

Behavioral Development Economics represents a step forward from mainstream development economics. It gives a more psychologically realistic view of human behavior and acknowledges the critical role of social and psychological factors. This allows the approach to the major problems in developing countries to be more effective, as highlighted by policy-making and research focus in international development institutions and academia. Behavioral development economics is what development economics lacked to be more effective.

Advanced Course
Face-to-Face & Online

Opportunies to attend this course


Lorenza Lorenzetti

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cinzia Castiglioni

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Course details

Topics covered

The Way to BDE

Poverty and Its Biases

The Psychological Lives of the Poor

Poverty and Cognitive Function

Biases and Under Investment

Selected Papers

Introduction to Experimental Studies


Designing RCTs

Carrying out RCTs

RCTs: Case Studies

Introduction to Nudge Theory

Behavioral Development Economics Insights

Case Studies and Selected Papers


Each lecture lasts 60 minutes. Morning lectures start at 9:30 and finish at 12:00. Afternoon lectures start at 13:30 and finish 17:30. If not set otherwise, the break after each lecture lasts 30 minutes. All times are in Central European Time (CET).

For students who participate face-to-face, there will be some icebreakers on August 8. Therefore for those who only have an advanced course (no crash course), the summer school starts on August 8.

ECTS requirements

To obtain the ECTS, a student has to get in total at least 60% of all available points which are being awarded for the following activities:

- attend all lectures (20 hrs. of WL / 1 pt. per hour, 20 in total)

- submit 4 homeworks (10 hrs. of WL / 2.5 pts. per homework, 10 in total)

- final exam (30 hrs. of WL / 30 pts.)

- final project (40 hrs. of WL / 40 pts.)

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