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Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Eldar Shafir, the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School
Sponsor: 

Woodrow Wilson School

Eldar Shafir, the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, will discuss his new book "Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much," co-authored with Sendhil Mullainathan, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, in Dodds Auditorium,  Robertson Hall. A public reception and book sale/signing of his book will follow the discussion.

Shafir is co-founder and scientific director at ideas42, a social science R&D lab.  He studies decision-making and is interested in the tension between intuitive assumptions and people’s actual behaviors.  His current research focuses on decision-making in the context of poverty and on the application of behavioral research to policy.  He is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and was a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. 

Shafir  has held visiting positions at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the Kennedy School of Government, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and Di Tella University in Buenos Aires. He has received several awards, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship.