ECON 695: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 695-006: Culture and Economics
(Fall 2024)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Enterprise Hall 174

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Section Information for Fall 2024

This course explores the origins, evolutionary foundations, and cultural variation of human behavior. We’ll take a broad interdisciplinary approach: we’ll study historical and comparative approaches to understand cross-societal variation in culture and institutions; we’ll study behavioral and experimental economics to get a better understanding of cultural determinants of economic decision making; we’ll study approaches to culture by drawing on neighboring disciplines such as cultural evolution, evolutionary biology and anthropology. Questions that we’ll address include: What factors promote liberty and free markets? Why did representative governments, impartial laws and impersonal markets first develop and proliferate in medieval Europe? Has culture shaped humans’ genetic evolution? What is the role of kinship, social norms, trust for economic outcomes? What can explain the success of humans as a species?

The class will consist of a mixture of lectures, discussions and student presentations. The objective of the course is to familiarize you with the theory of cultural evolution and relate this to core questions in the field of economics. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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