ECO423H1: Economics and Biosocial Data

Hours: 
24L/12T

This course introduces and critically assesses economic research that uses genetic, neuroscientific, and other biosocial data. We will address questions such as: what are the effects of brain neurochemistry on economic decision-making? What role do nature and nurture play in economic behaviour and outcomes? What can we learn from genoeconomics? What are the policy implications (or lack thereof) of related findings? No previous background in biology or genetics is required.

Prerequisite: 

ECO200Y1/​ECO204Y1/​ECO206Y1; ECO220Y1/​ ECO227Y1/​ (STA237H1, STA238H1)/ (STA247H1, STA248H1)/ (STA257H1, STA261H1); at least 1.0 FCE in ECO at the 300+ level.

Exclusion: 

ECO422H1 (Special Topics in Economics: Biology, Genetics and Economics), offered in Winter 2017.

Recommended Preparation: 
Distribution Requirements: 
Social Science
Breadth Requirements: 
Society and its Institutions (3)