Thaler, author of Nudge, lectures May 14

MOUNT VERNON – Richard Thaler, co-author of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, will deliver the Roe Howard Freedom Lecture on May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Cornell College in Hedges Conference Room.

people_richard_thaler_2009The lecture, titled “Nudging our Way Through the Financial Crisis,” is free and open to the public.

Thaler is a professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business where he is a pioneer in the fields of behavioral economics and finance. He is a prolific author and has penned numerous works, including Nudge (with Cass Sunstein), The Winner’s Curse, and Quasi Rational Economics and was the editor of Advances in Behavioral Finance, Volumes 1 and 2. He also wrote a series of articles in the Journal of Economics Perspectives called “Anomalies.”

Thaler is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, and Director of the Center for Decision Research, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. He previously taught at Cornell University and MIT.

This is the economist’s second interaction with Cornell students. He previously met with Cornellians in a Nudge book group sponsored by The Berry Center for Economics, Business and Public Policy during a visit to the University of Chicago.

This is the fourth in the Roe Howard Freedom Lecture Series, after Amity Shlaes, Mark Steyn, and Dinesh D’Souza. Howard was a Mount Vernon native, 1917 Cornell graduate and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I. He was killed in action in France in 1918. The lecture series is funded through the generosity of the Riesen Foundation and Cornell trustee and alumnus Dean Riesen and alumna Barbara Hull Riesen.