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Richard Thaler

American economist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Richard Thaler is the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He earned a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

Thaler has taught economics for the University of Rochester, Stanford University, the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University and, since 1995, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Thaler is an expert in behavioral economics and has published a number of books on the topic, including Quasi-rational Economics, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, and Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness.

He is a proponent of libertarian paternalism, which suggests that humans shouldn’t be forced to do the right thing, but instead should be “nudged” in the right direction. This approach helps to steer people toward making better decisions without removing the right to choose.

In 2017, Thaler was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work on limited rationality, lack of self-control, and how innately human traits affect their ability to make reasonable decisions…eventually impacting market outcomes. In short, his premise was that economics are driven by humans, and thus, the psychology of human decision-making is important to consider in the study of economics.

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Richard H. Thaler is an American economist and the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2015, Thaler was president of the American Economic Association.

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Case Western Reserve University

University in Ohio, United States

University of Rochester

Private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States

University of Chicago

Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Cornell University

Private university in Ithaca

Santa Clara University

Private non-profit Jesuit university located in Santa Clara, California

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