ECH-22306 Economics of Consumption, Welfare and Society


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work5
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. JAC van Ophem
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. G Antonides
dr. JAC van Ophem
Examiner(s)prof. dr. G Antonides
dr. JAC van Ophem

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-20806 Principles of Consumer Studies.

Continuation courses:

ECH-30306 Economics and Sociology of Consumers and Households.


This course pays attention to behavioural economic and socio-economic approaches in the field of consumption, welfare and society. Attention will be paid to the following subjects: the welfare state, well-being and welfare; inequality in resources consumption and time allocation; food consumption, household decision making; care and health, sustainable consumption, and the behavioural economics approach to policy making.
The course has two broad aims. The first aim is to familiarize students with behavioural economics and socio-economics approaches to topics or issues in the field of consumption, welfare and society The second aim is to get students acquainted with the various stages of the empirical cycle when doing empirical research.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe various theoretical contributions in the field of economics of consumption, welfare and society;
- do a secondary data analysis;
- write a short research report and to give an oral presentation of the research.


- lectures;
- literature study;
- short research paper;
- presentation.


- written exam with open questions (60%);
- group research paper and presentation (40%).
To pass both components require a minimum mark of 5.50.


To be announced.

Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBScB: Consumer Studies5AF
Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScB: Consumer Studies5AF