Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.2132 Freakonomics: Surprising effects of applied economics
(Freakonomics: Surprising effects of applied economics)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick
Ansprechpartner (contact): Mojgan Ghayour Najafabadi (mojgan.ghayour.najafabadi[at]
Liana Bomm (liana.bomm[at]
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 3-6
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.21321 / Freakonomics: Surprising effects of applied economics Seminar P
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):
Zur Zeit sind keine Voraussetzungen bekannt. (No conditions are known.)
Inhalte (short description):

​Focusing on the books by Levitt/Dubner (2005, 2009) this course demonstrates how effective economics and econometrics can be used to explain rational and sometimes even irrational human behaviour. Generally, incentives are not only relevant for explaining the performance of organizations, but that they are also fruitful for other areas of life, such as politics, marriages or music. Drawing from a pool of articles that have been published in highly regarded journals, we select some of them and analyze e.g. whether beauty and weight increase an individual's income. Moreover, we investigate why people choke under pressure and how marriage may affect one's health.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):
  • understand economic features in different areas of life.
  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):
  • interpret economic findings by using methods of econometrics.
  • choose, evaluate and use learned methods to answer economic questions.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):
  • ​prepare group presentations on the various economic topics. 
  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):
  • prepare and review the discussed topics with the help of lecture notes and project work. 
  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulteilprüfungen
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Klausur 60 Minuten 70.00 %
    b) Präsentation 20 Min. 30.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftswissenschaften
    B.Sc. International Business Studies
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftsnformatik
    B.Sc. Sportökonomie
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):

    Additional material will be provided in Panda.
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

    ​The number of participants for this course is restricted to 30 students.​

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