Behavioral Social Choice

Course Description: 

This short course is intended to provide an introduction to empirical models of Public Choice and political economy.  Because this is such a huge topic (see esp. Dennis Mueller, Public Choice, 3rd edition.  Cambridge University, 2002) we will focus on spatial models of politics. While there is a tradition of studying electoral geography – a research area to which I have contributed, my focus here is on a different notion of spatial modeling, namely the  insights we gain when we view actors as making choices over a set of alternatives that be considered as being located in a one or two dimensional issue space.

This advanced topic course will run for one-week in the Spring term, between 18-22 April. 

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