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Newsletter 245: October 7, 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, October 7th

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm - International Affairs Building 1101
Economic Theory Workshop - Evan Friedman 

Tuesday, October 8th

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Uris 327
PhD Student Seminar - Shayan Dashmiz 

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 140
Macroeconomics Lunch Group (Faculty and invited grad students only) - Cameron LaPoint 

2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - International Affairs Building 1101
Industrial Organization and Strategy Seminar - Lan Nguyen

4:15 pm to 5:45 pm - International Affairs Building 1101
Money-Macro Workshop - Yinxi Xie 

Wednesday, October 9th

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 326
Finance Free Lunch (Faculty Only) - Tuomas Tomunen 

4:05 pm to 5:35 pm - International Affairs Building 1101
Applied Microeconomics Seminar - Divya Singh 

Thursday, October 10th

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 140
Finance Seminar - Markus Brunnermeier 

Seminars of Interest Outside of Columbia

Tuesday, October 8, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - NYU (4 Washington Place), Meyer 551
Social Psychology Brown Bag - Kerri Johnson (UCLA)

Article of the Week
Veg 'Nudge': An Extra Vegetarian Option Cuts Meat Consumption Without Denting Food Sales
By studying diners' meal choices in the University of Cambridge cafeteria, researchers found that doubling the number of meatless options (from 1/4 to 1/2) significantly reduced purchases of meat-centered meals. The University found that this increase in the availability of meatless meals reduced the cafeteria's carbon emissions per kilogram of food purchased by 33% and lowered the amount of land used per kilogram of food purchased by 28%. Additionally, the researchers found that individuals who chose vegetarian options did not "make up" for their meat consumption in following meals. This study shows how nudges can help both individual health and the climate with few trade-offs.  

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

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