Behavioral economics combines psychology and economics to look at the ways that people make economic decisions. Using psychological theories, you'll dissect the social, emotional, and cognitive influences on economic behavior and decisions. This interdisciplinary approach helps you understand why people's economic decisions are often irrational, inconsistent, and against self-interest.
If you major in this field, you'll graduate with a strong quantitative background in statistics and calculus, skills in reading primary literature, and remarkable experience designing, conducting, and reporting research. You'll be prepared to work in a think tank designing important public policies, or enter a graduate program in behavioral economics, experimental economics, or psychology.Visit Department Website