Mark Dean
Past Courses

GR5211: Microeconomic Analysis I Part I – Choice Theory (MA): Last Taught Fall 2017

The choice theory portion of the class will focus on the fundamental models of behavior which underlie most economic analysis. The majority of the course will focus on consumer behavior. We will begin by studying the relationship between utility maximization, preference maximization and choice, before moving on to study the properties of demand functions. We will conclude the study of consumer choice with a look at choice under uncertainty, before briefly touching on the behavior of firms – i.e. producer theory Link to course

Behavioral Economics (Undergraduate): Last Taught Spring 2017

Within economics, the standard model of behavior is that of a perfectly rational, self interested utility maximizer with unlimited cognitive resources. In many cases, this provides a good approximation to the types of behavior that economists are interested in. However, over the past 30 years, experimental and behavioral economists have documented ways in which the standard model is not just wrong, but is wrong in ways that are important for economic outcomes. Understanding these behaviors, and their implications, is one of the most exciting areas of current economic enquiry. The aim of this course is provide a grounding in the main areas of study within behavioral economics, including temptation and self control, fairness and reciprocity, reference dependence, bounded rationality and choice under risk and uncertainty. Link to course

Microeconomic Analysis II - Game Theory and Information Economics (MA): Last Taught Spring 2017

G5212 is the second semester course in the microeconomics sequence for the MA program. It consists of two halves: Game Theory (first half) and Information Economics (second half). Link to course

Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate): Last Taught Spring 2016

A introductory course for undergraduates designed to introduce the basic principles of microeconomics. Link to course

Topics in Microeconomic Theory: Decision Theory and Evidence (Graduate): Last Taught Spring 2015

Decision theory is the use of axiomatic techniques to understand the observable implications of models of choice. It is central to the incorporation of psychological insights into economics, and provides a vital link between theory and experimental economics. This course uses the tools of decision theory to understand the observable implications of behavioral economic models, and considers the experimental and field evidence in the light of these implications. The main areas covered will be utility maximization, bounded rationality and rational inattention, temptation and self control, choice under risk and uncertainty and reference dependent preferences Link to course

Mathematics For Economists (Graduate): Last Taught Autumn 2014

A graduate level course introducing the mathematical topics necessary for economic analysis. Link to course

Behavioral Economics for Princeton (Graduate): Last Taught Autumn 2012

A half course I taught at Princeton covering bounded rationality, reference dependent preferences, temptation and self control and neuroeconomics. Contains more applications that my other courses Link to course
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