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Selected Topics of Household Economics


The course provides an introduction to household economics with reference to traditional and new perspectives. Special reference will be made to the household production approach, the transaction cost approach, to institutional economics, and to ecological economics.



·         Household analysis and household sector analysis

·         Behavioural economics modelling

·         For profit and non-profit marketing

·         Consumer policy and campaigning



1          Households in the history of economic thought

2          Households in a behavioural household economics perspective

3          Household production and consumption – theory and measurement

4          Household and family formation – generating human capital

5          Households, family firms and non-profit organizations

6          Welfare production – major institutions and hybrid modes

7          Production and consumption – affecting the natural environment



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