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Newsletter 185: Sep 11, 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 September 11th

12:10pm to 1:10pm - Schermerhorn 200B
Psychology Department Monday Seminar - Herbert Terrace
Title Not Available 

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

Tuesday September 12th

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

2:15pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
Industrial Organization and Strategy - Jeremy Fox (Rice University)
Operationalizing Cardinal Preference Mechanisms

4:15pm to 5:45pm - 1101 IAB
Money-Macro Workshop - Oleg Itskhoki (Princeton University)
Exchange Rate Disconnect in General Equilibrium (with Dmitry Mukhin)

Wednesday September 13th

2:15pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
International Economics Workshop - Sharon Traiberman (NYU)
Title Not Available

4:10pm to 5:30pm - Schermerhorn Hall 614
Psychology Department Colloquium - Sian Beilock (Barnard College)
Title Not Available

Thursday September 14th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Uris 330
Marketing Seminars - Jonathan Berman (London Business School)
Title Not Available 

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Uris 331
Finance Free Lunch Seminar (Faculty Only) - Matthieu Gomez
Asset Prices and Wealth Inequality

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday September 12th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Social Psychology Brown Bags - Todd Heatherton (Dartmouth University)
Title Not Available 

Thursday September 14th

12:30pm to 1:30pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Cognition and Perception Colloquia - Brian Wandell (Stanford)
Neural circuitry for vision and reading

Article of the Week
Taking Advantage of Behavioral Economics Can Get Aid to More People in Poverty
A group of researchers, policy analysts, and aid organizations recently published an article titled "Overcoming Behavioral Obstacles To Escaping Poverty," which examines behavioral interventions designed to combat present bias and limited attention in impoverished populations. Recognizing that being in poverty often makes financial planning difficult (or even impossible), the authors review the efficacy of aid and public policy programs that "nudge" recipients into making more financially stable decisions. For example, offering assistance in filling out applications for interest-free loans; timing targeted enrollment in health insurance subsidy programs on pay day; and targeting farmers with better seeds immediately after harvest all resulted in increased participation rates in the respective programs. 

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