The course covers how basic concepts from behavioral research in social psychology and judgment and decision making can shape policy formulation and implementation. Central themes include a detailed analysis of human judgment and decision making, and how a variety of motives and situational forces can affect people's choices and behavior. Combined, these topics have important implications for policy design that affects individuals as well as the functioning of the organizations that determine those policies. Lecture material is drawn from basic psychological research and from behaviorally-informed policy analysis. Students work with the instructor and each other to identify the relevance of this material for policy and management through discussion and written assignments.
This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.