The course explores the potential of multiple-methods to provide valuable insights regarding Socio-Ecological-Technical Systems (SETS). It starts with an introduction on general concepts, empirical methodologies and methods applied in social sciences and economics aiming to study the complexity of human behaviour and the complex interactions within SETS.
The module draws on experimental economics and game theory to provide insights on the role of institutions and of behavioural aspects in solving problems of group externalities or social dilemmas, where the individual optimum clashes with the group optimum. Different types of games combined with the qualitative case studies are discussed, alongside, game design concepts and interpretation of empirical results.
During the final section of the course, AUCA students will help to organize an experiment supervised by instructors.