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Eric Johnson is a faculty member at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University where
he is the inaugural holder of the Norman Eig Chair of Business, and Director of the Center for Decision
Sciences. His research examines the interface between Behavioral Decision Research, Economics and the
decisions made by consumers, managers, and their implications for public policy, markets and marketing.
Among other topics, Johnson has explored how the way options are presented to decision-makers affect
their choices in areas such as organ donation, the choice of environmentally friendly products, and

At Columbia, he has developed courses in Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making, the
Psychology and Economics of Consumer Finance, and a new course “Becoming Better Choice
Architects,” and has won the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the Curriculum.
Prof. Johnson’s research and comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street
Journal, Money, Discover, Business Week and The Financial Times, and on The CBS Evening News and
National Public Radio. His publications have appeared in the Science, Psychological Review, Nature
Neuroscience, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, and many other consumer,
economic, marketing and psychology journals. He has co-authored two books: Decision Research: A
Field Guide, published by Sage Publications and The Adaptive Decision-Maker published by Cambridge
University Press, and is currently working on a book on choice architecture.

After graduating from Rutgers University, he received his M.S. and PhD. in Psychology from
Carnegie Mellon University and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. He
previously has taught at Carnegie Mellon, was a visiting professor at the Sloan School at MIT, and was the
inaugural holder of the David W. Hauck Chair in Marketing as a Professor of Operations and
Information Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The National Science
Foundation, The National Institute of Health, The Alfred P. Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations, and
the Office of Naval Research have supported his research. He was awarded the Distinguished Scientific
Contribution Award from the Society for Consumer Psychology, and named a Fellow by the Association
for Consumer Research, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics from the University of St.
Gallen, and is a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow and the Association for Psychological Science.
According to the Institute for Scientific Information, he has an over 40,000 citations and a Google 
Scholar h-index of 78. He has also been president of the Society for Neuroeconomics and
the Society for Judgement and Decision-Making. He was a visiting scholar at the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau from 2014-2017.

He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and is a member of
several editorial boards as well as the Senior Editor for Marketing, Management and Decision Sciences at
Behavioral Science and Policy.