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 judgement 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 primarily from basic psychological research and from behaviorally-informed policy analysis. Students work with the instructor and each other to identify the relevance of the material for policy and management through discussion and written assignments. Many topics will be covered over the course of the semester.

Instructor Information:
Ruth K. Ditlmann is a Research Fellow in the Department of Migration, Integration and Transnationalization, WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She holds a PhD, a MA and a MS in Social Psychology from Yale University and a Diplom in Psychology from the University of Constance. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.

Course time:
Tuesday, 10-12h, room tbc