ECON 895: Special Topics in Economics

ECON 895-001: Culture and Economics
(Spring 2021)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R

Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L004

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Section Information for Spring 2021

This course explores the origins, evolutionary foundations and cultural variation of human behavior and examines the downstream impacts on the evolution of political institutions and economic prosperity. 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 provided by 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 makes us human?


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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 or Non-Degree.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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