Evidence, Theory, and Welfare
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Behavioral Economics: Evidence, Theory, and Welfare provides an engaging and accessible introduction to the motivating questions, real-world evidence, theoretical models, and welfare implications of behavioral economics concepts. Applications and examples – from household decisions, finance, public finance, labor, business, health, development, politics, education, energy, and sports – illustrate the broad relevance of behavioral economics for consumers, firms, markets, and policy makers alike.
This textbook provides readers with both the intuition and analytical tools to apply behavioral economics concepts in understanding the complex social world. Each part of the book covers a key concept with a range of empirical evidence that is anomalous within the standard economics framework. In light of this evidence, a second chapter introduces and applies a nonstandard behavioral modeling approach. The last chapter of each part explores market reactions and policy responses to individuals behaving in nonstandard ways. Numerous exercises of varying types and levels provide readers the opportunity to check and enrich their understanding.
The book’s clear structure orients readers to the many concepts of behavioral economics. It also highlights the process by which economists evaluate evidence and disentangle theories with different social welfare implications. Accessible to students from diverse economic backgrounds, this textbook is an ideal resource for courses on behavioural economics, experimental economics and related areas. The accompanying Solutions Manual further extends learning and engagement.
Table of Contents
Part I Foundations
2 Standard Decision Making
3 Behavioral Welfare Economics
Part II Intertemporal Preferences
4 Discounted Utility Model Anomalies
5 Present Bias
6 Consumption Dependence
7 Market & Policy Responses to Present Bias
Part III Reference-Dependent Preferences
8 Reference-Independence Anomalies
9 Reference Dependence
10 Market & Policy Responses to Loss Aversion
Part IV Preferences over Uncertainty
11 Expected Utility Anomalies
12 Non-Expected Utility
Part V Social Preferences
13 Self-Interested Preference Anomalies
14 Social Preferences
15 Market & Policy Responses to Social Preferences
Part VI Beliefs
16 Belief Anomalies
17 Nonstandard Beliefs
18 Market & Policy Responses to Nonstandard Beliefs
Part VII Decision Processes
19 Mental Accounting
21 Market & Policy Responses to Mental Accounting & Inattention
Brandon Lehr is Associate Professor of Economics at Occidental College, Los Angeles, USA.