UEC-22306 Economics of Consumption, Welfare and Society

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Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper0
Lecture20
Tutorial14
Group work2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. J van Beek
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. ES van Leeuwen
dr. J van Beek
ir. EML de Schutter
dr. C Sato
PG Goedegebure
AF Schwarz
Examiner(s)dr. J van Beek
prof. dr. ir. ES van Leeuwen

Language of instruction:

EN

Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-20806 Principles of Consumer Studies; UEC-10406 Microeconomics and Behaviour; CHL-20806 Lifestyles and Consumption.

Continuation courses:

MCB-32306 Applied Consumer Studies.

Contents:

This course pays attention to various economic approaches to topics in the field of consumption, welfare and society. These approaches include behavourial economics, consumption economics, sociological economics and urban economics. Topics are, for example, happiness and well-being, leisure, health, care, environmental valuation, spatial amenities, policy making and 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 in the field of consumption, welfare and society. The second aim is to get students acquainted with the various stages of the empirical cycle by means of an individual assignment (i.e., writing a research proposal for a quantitative survey study) and a group assignment (i.e., performing a secondary data-analysis and writing a research report).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain various economic approaches to topics in the field of economics of consumption, welfare and society
- write a research proposal for a quantitative survey study
- perform a secondary data analysis
- write a research report

Activities:

- lectures;
- practicals;
- individual assignment;
- group assignment.

Examination:

- written exam with open questions (40%)
- individual assignment (20%)
- group assignment (40%)
To pass this course, all components require a minimum mark of 5.50.

Literature:

Selected articles/book chapters (these will be listed in the course guide and made accessible through or available on Brightspace).

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBScB: Spec. B - Consumer Studies5AF