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Newsletter 181: Apr 17, 2017

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
Welcome to the Center for Decision Sciences' Weekly Newsletter. Below you can find a list of events of interest.

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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Monday April 17th

2:30pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
Economic Theory Workshop - Alex Wolitzky (MIT)
Title Not Available

Tuesday April 18th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Uris 332
Management Seminars - Paul DiMaggio (NYU Sociology)
Interaction Ritual Threads: Can IRC Theory Help us Understand a Company-Wide Online Discussion?

2:15pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
Industrial Organizational & Strategy - Niko Matouschek (Kellogg)
Communication in a Complicated World (with Steve Callander and Nicolas Lambert)

4:15pm to 5:45pm - IAB 1101
Money-Macro Workshop - Atif Mian (Princeton)
Banking Deregulation, Household Demand, and Business Cycle Amplification (with Amir Sufi and Emil Verner)

Wednesday April 19th

2:15pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
International Economics Workshop - Chad Syverson (University of Chicago)
Title Not Available

Thursday April 20th

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Uris 330
Marketing Seminar - Michael Norton (Harvard)
Title Not Available

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Uris 331
Finance Free Lunch Seminar (Faculty Only) - Tania Babina
Title Not Available

2:15pm to 3:45pm - Uris 140
Finance Seminar - Josh Lerner (Harvard University)
Private Equity and Financial Fragility during the Crisis (with Shai Bernstein and Filippo Mezzanotti)

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday April 18th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Psychology Room 551
Social Psychology Brown Bags - Ashley Unger and Ethan Ludwin-Peery
Title Not Available

Article of the Week
Why People Use Information Avoidance to Choose Their Own Reality
In a new paper that was published in the Journal of Economic Literature, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University used cross-disciplinary research from economics, psychology and sociology to show how people use a variety of information avoidance strategies. One way is by simply not obtaining available information. Another way is by only paying attention to the information that confirms what they already believe or is somehow making them feel good about themselves. When confronted with information they cannot just ignore, people choose how to interpret it. They allow their biases to elevate questionable evidence if it agrees with their views and discount vigorously proven scientific evidence if it goes against their beliefs. 

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