11.478 Behavior and Policy: Connections in Transportation


Class Info

Examines the behavioral foundation for policy design using urban transportation examples. Introduces multiple frameworks for understanding behavior while contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology. Suggests corresponding policy interventions and establishes a mapping across behavior, theory, and policy. Presents a spectrum of instruments for positively influencing behavior and improving welfare. Challenges students to critique, design, implement and interpret experiments that nudge travel behavior. Brings behavioral insights to creative design of transport policies that are efficient and equitable as well as simple, consistent, transparent, acceptable, and adaptive to behavioral changes. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has no prerequisites.

11.478 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by J. Zhao.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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