Courses & Units

Behavioural and Experimental Economics BEA203


Behavioural economics draws on insights and methods from psychology to better understand economic and business decisions. It takes economics beyond the traditional assumption of instrumental rationality, developing theories that more accurately explain and predict economic behaviour. Economic experiments are the main tool used by behavioural economists to test such theories and to investigate the underlying causes of individual and group decisions. This unit provides a hands-on coverage of experimental economics, its methods (including randomised controlled trials) and its real-world applications. It develops knowledge on how to design and conduct economic experiments as well as applying experimental economics to evaluate newly designed business strategies, public policies or nudge interventions.


Unit name Behavioural and Experimental Economics
Unit code BEA203
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics
Coordinator Doctor Ananta Neelim
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the methodology of experimental economics, and its role and scope in economics in general and behavioural economics in particular.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the experimental method, and its appropriateness to study different economic issues.
  • Apply this method to test and evaluate behavioural economics interventions aimed at addressing industry and policy challenges.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus: Recorded lectures (Wks 1-13); 1 x 2-hour on-campus tutorial (Wks 2-13).

Off-campus: Recorded lectures (Wks 1-13); 3 x 1-hour online tutorials.

AssessmentMid-semester test (20%)|Assignment (50%)|Reflection (30%)
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There is no one prescribed textbook for this unit. Your unit coordinator will collate readings from various sources for you. Each topic in the unit will have its own reading list which can be found on MyLO. Required articles and chapters can be downloaded electronically via the UTAS library or found on Google Scholar. The reading list for each topic will consist of essential and optional readings. At the very least, students are expected to read the essential readings (around 3-5 pieces per topic).


Journals such as Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Experimental Economics, Journal of the Economic Science Association and Journal of Behavioral & Experimental Economics are recommended to delve further into experimental methods.

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