UEC-22306 Economics of Consumption, Welfare and Society


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper0
Group work5
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. J van Beek
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. ES van Leeuwen
dr. J van Beek
AF Schwarz
ir. EML de Schutter
PG Goedegebure
dr. C Sato
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. ES van Leeuwen
dr. J van Beek

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-20806 Principles of Consumer Studies.


This course pays attention to various economic approaches in the field of consumption, welfare and society. These approaches include contributions from behavourial economics, consumption economics, sociological economics and urban economics.
Attention will be paid to the following subjects: the welfare state; happiness, well-being and welfare; inequality in resources of consumption and time allocation such as care and leisure; health; sustainable consumption; the behavioural economics approach to policy making ; happiness; amenities; and to the moral, political and social economy.
The course has two broad aims. The first aim is to familiarize students with various economic 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;
- write individually a short research proposal;
- do a secondary data analysis;
- write a short research report and to give an oral presentation of the research.


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


- written exam with open questions (40%);
- individual research proposal (20%);
- group research paper and presentation (40%).
To pass all 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