Neuroeconomics uses neuroscientific techniques to understand economic decisions. Behavioral Economics uses cognitive psychology in the same way. This exciting new field of study focuses on teaching students techniques from neuroscience and psychology and then applying them to understand economic behaviors. This field is not designed to produce students who are neuroscientists or psychologists, but students will learn sufficient neuroscience to be critical consumers and producers of this literature, including laboratory techniques. Students also specialize in a second economics field.
SPE301 Behavioral Neuroscience of Decision-Making
Econ319: Applications of Psychology & Economics OR Econ327 Applications of Behavioral Game Theory and Finance
Functional MRI Visiting Fellowship (Mass. General Hospital) OR equivalent (40+ hours of contact time)
Two (2) core courses from another field in economics: Industrial Organization (Econ 265, 326, 335 or SPE 324)
Growth and Development (Econ 304, 305, or 342)
International Money and Finance (Econ 350, 337, 338, 357, or 358)
Public Choice (Econ 343/286, SPE 360)
International (Econ 347, 350, or 355)
Business & Financial (Econ 325, 323, 326, 335, 336, 337, 338, 343, 360, or SPE 323, 324)
Two (2) alternative courses may be taken with the faculty contact’s approval.