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Newsletter 244: September 30, 2019


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 30th

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm - International Affairs Building 1101
Economic Theory Workshop - RC Lim 
Ordered Reference Dependent Choice

Tuesday, October 1st

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Uris 327
PhD Student Seminar - Tuomas Tomunen 

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Uris 332
Management Seminar - Julia Minson
Conversational Receptiveness: Improving engagement with opposing views

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Uris 303
Macroeconomics Lunch Group (Faculty Only) - Mai Li 

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 333
Marketing Seminar - Yewon Kim (Chicago)

4:15 pm to 5:45 pm - International Affairs Building 1101
Money-Macro Workshop - Hanno Lustig 
Post-FOMC Announcement Drift in U.S. Bond Markets (with Jordan Brooks and Michael Katz)

Wednesday, October 2nd

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 326
Finance Free Lunch - Xiao Chen 

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm - International Affairs Building 1512
Applied Microeconomics Seminar - Tavneet Suri 
Fintech and Household Resilience to Shocks: Evidence from Digital Loans in Kenya (with Prashant Bharadwaj and William Jack)

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Schermerhorn 614
Psychology Departmental Colloquia - John Anderson (Carnegie Mellon)
Mind Games: Using Video Games to Study Skill Acquisition

Thursday, October 3rd

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 140
Finance Seminar - Annette Vissing-Jorgensen 
Central Banking with Many Voices: The Communications Arms Race

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 333
Marketing Seminar - Dinara Akchurina (INSEAD)

Friday, October 4th

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Room TBD
Competitive Strategy Seminar - Yesim Orhun
Intrinsic Information Preferences and Skewness (with Yusufcan Masatliogluy and Collin Raymond)

Article of the Week
"Astrology" in the Office
Personality tests are office astrology with a fresh coat of paint, argues Emma Goldberg in the New York Times. Corporations are increasingly using any of a bevy of personality measures--Hartman's "Color Code," the DiSC model, CliftonStrenghts, and, the most popular, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI), to name a few, to assess employees' "soft" skills such as leadership and resilience. Though these systems are appealing in their simplicity, they, in many cases, fail to paint an accurate portrait of employees. Despite the tests' lack of scientific validity, they are increasingly being used as a litmus test for hiring, promotion, and task allocation.  

This newsletter is cosponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Decision Making & Negotiations Area.

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