Newsletter 189: Oct 16, 2017

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Monday October 16th

12:10pm to 1:10pm - Schermerhorn Hall 200B
Monday Seminar - Andrew Lynn (Brown University)
Title Not Available

2:30pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
Economic Theory Workshop - Jakub Steiner
Title Not Available

Tuesday October 17th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Uris 332
Management Seminar - Alison Wood Brooks (Harvard Business School)
The Psychology of Conversation

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 307
Columbia Macro Lunch Group - Sandesh Dhungana 
Title Not Available

4:00pm to 5:30pm - Jerome Greene Science Center, Lecture Hall, L9-065
Systems, Cognitive, and Computational Neuroscience Series - Paul Cisek (University of Montreal)
The Neural Mechanisms of Real-time Decisions

4:15pm to 5:45pm - 1101 IAB
Money-Macro Workshop - Seunghoon Na (Columbia) 
Title Not Available

Wednesday October 18th

2:15pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
International Economics Workshop - Lin Tian
Title Not Available

4:15pm to 5:45pm - IAB 1101
Applied Microeconomics - Owen Zidar
Capitalists in the Twenty-First Century

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday October 17th

2:40pm to 4:00pm - 19 West 4th Street, Room 517
Neuroeconomics Colloquium - Muriel Niederle (Stanford)
Probabilistic States versus Multiple Certainties: The Obstacle of Risk in Contingent Reasoning

Thursday October 19th

12:30pm to 1:30pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Cognition and Perception Colloquia - Joe Kable (University of Pennslyvania)
Title Not Available

Article of the Week
Richard Thaler’s work demonstrates why economics is hard
Last week, Richard Thaler was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In honor of his work and achievement, a multitude of recent articles sought to summarize Thaler's research and contributions to behavioral economics. The linked Economist article is one such example, highlighting the inherent difficulties that arise when attempting to explain human behavior and economic decision making. The article notes that many human actions and interactions are highly contextual; thus, an intervention that works in one market may not work in another. Thaler's work contributes significantly to the problem of understanding behavioral economics in light of the contextual ways in which people make decisions. 

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