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With top-notch JDM researchers at London School of Economics, University College London, London Business School, Westminster Business School, London Metropolitan University, City University London, Imperial College, Birkbeck College, and two weekly JDM talk series (the London Judgment and Decision Making seminar, and the Economics of Behaviour and Decision Making seminar, it is no wonder why so many feel that London is the center of the judgment and decision-making research universe. The next few weeks’ speakers, Dan Ariely and Bruno Frey, are extraordinary, which is ordinary for this town.

Dan Ariely at LSE

Date: Monday 17 March 2008
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Dan Ariely
Chair: Professor Lawrence Phillips

Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? Why do we repeatedly make the same mistakes when we make our selections? How do our expectations influence our actual opinions and decisions? The answers, as revealed by behavioural economist Professor Dan Ariely of MIT, will surprise you.

Dan Ariely is author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions, (HarperCollins, £14.99). He is Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Behavioral Economics at MIT where he holds a joint appointment between MIT’s Program in Media Arts and Sciences and Sloan School of Management. He is the principal investigator of the Lab’s eRationality group and co-director of the Lab’s SIMPLICITY consortium. He is interested in issues of rationality, irrationality, decision-making, behavioral economics, and consumer welfare. Projects include examinations of online auction behaviors, personal health monitoring, the effects of different pricing mechanisms, and the development of systems to overcome day-to-day irrationality.

Ariely received a PhD in business administration from Duke University, a PhD and MA in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in psychology from Tel Aviv University.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

If you are planning to attend this event and would like details on how to get here and what time to arrive, please refer to Coming to an event at LSE.

Bruno Frey at Economics of Behaviour and Decision Making (at London Business School)

Date: Tuesday April 1, 2008
Time: 5:30PM -7PM
Speaker: Professor Bruno Frey
Venue: London Business School room LT3

Frey is author of more than a dozen books (all available in English and German, and including a number of translations into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese) and more than 350 articles in professional academic journals (most of them in economics and a few in political science, sociology and psychology) including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Kyklos, Review of Economic Studies, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Public Choice, Review of Income and Wealth, European Journal of Political Research, International Organization, Public Interest, Rationality and Society, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic History, etc.

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