Economics of Misbehavior

Economics of Misbehavior

Course dates:
10 August, 2020 to 29 August, 2020
EU/EEA citizens 2625 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 1275 EUR
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Application deadline:
Wednesday, 1 April, 2020
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information

Economics is a powerful tool that promote our understanding of social problems specific to our times. In particular, Economics can help us to find the reasons behind of a series of (mis)behaviors such as why people engage in unprotected sex; why people lie, cheat and steal; why names affect the chance of being hired or rent an apartment; why people pollute the environment and waste natural resources; why people engage in risky health behavior such as smoking and drinking; and why people regret (but not change) their poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.

Misbehavior -behavior that people consider inappropriate- has not only negative consequences for the individuals but also have huge costs for our society and can cause hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths.

In this course students will explore how economics can shed light on the darkest places of human behavior, learn how to use the economics tools (economic theory, empirical analysis and experimentation) to analyze misbehavior and investigate its deep causes and consequences.

Further, this course will provide students with sufficient knowledge to discuss the effectiveness of policy interventions aiming at reduce this misbehavior.

economics reaches into the strangest of places and throws light onto the occasionally dark side of human nature.


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

UCPH Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required).


ECTS accreditation

Master level

7,5 ECTS