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Michael Olafusi

MIT: Behavioral Economics and Finance

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You can register on MIT Opencourseware for Behavioral Economics and Finance at https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/economics/14-127-behavioral-economics-and-finance-spring-2004/ 

About the course

This course surveys research which incorporates psychological evidence into economics. Topics include: prospect theory, biases in probabilistic judgment, self-control and mental accounting with implications for consumption and savings, fairness, altruism, and public goods contributions, financial market anomalies and theories, impact of markets, learning, and incentives, and memory, attention, categorization, and the thinking process.


1 Prospect Theory (PDF)
2 Prospect Theory (cont.) (PDF)
3 Heuristics and Biases (PDF)
4 Noise (PDF)
5 Confusion and Competition (PDF)
6 Bounded Rationality (PDF)
7 Learning in Games (PDF)

Neuroeconomics (PDF)
8 Neuroeconomics (cont.) (PDF)

Happiness (PDF)
9 Hyperbolic Discounting (PDF)
10 Consumption of Hyperbolics (PDF) (Courtesy of David Laibson, Andrea Repetto, and Jeremy Tobacman. Used with permission.)

Self Control and Temptation a La Gul-Pesendorfer (PDF)
11 Fairness (PDF)

Introduction to Behavioral Finance (PDF)
12 Efficiency and Habits (PDF)

Handout (PDF - 1.2 MB)
13 Prospect Theory Assets, Puzzles, and Bubbles (PDF)

Slides (Graphs) (PDF)

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