Eldar Shafir
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Shafir Named a Top Global Thinker of 2013

Dec 3, 2013
B. Rose Huber | (609) 258-0157
Woodrow Wilson School

PRINCETON, NJEldar Shafir, William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS), is among the "100 Top Global Thinkers of 2013" selected by Foreign Policy magazine. Shafir was chosen based on his standout contributions over the last year and his ability to translate important ideas into action.

Shafir studies reasoning, judgment and decision making and issues related to behavioral economics. His most recent work focuses on decision making in the context of poverty and, more generally, on the application of behavioral research to policy. His book, "Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much," brings into focus the strategies scarcity imposes and how it affects the daily lives of many. Whether it's time, calories, money or friends, Shafir shows that a dearth of resources can shape decision-making processes and ways of life.

"Eldar Shafir, a leading behavioral psychologist, has made significant contributions in the area of decision making, especially as it applies to the poor," said Cecilia Rouse, WWS dean. "His role at the Woodrow Wilson School has been instrumental to the School. We celebrate his much-deserved recognition as one of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2013."

In addition to his work at Princeton, Shafir was a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, a faculty associate at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science and co-founder and scientific director at ideas42, a social science research and development laboratory. In 2012, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue his poverty research. His work has appeared in such journals as Science, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action and serves on the Russell Sage Foundation's Behavioral Economics Roundtable.

"Finding oneself included in this distinguished list is, of course, a surprise and an honor. It would be wonderful if it helps further disseminate our ideas about the psychology that comes from not having enough and about some of the ways we might be able to alleviate the resulting challenges," said Shafir.

Foreign Policy is the leading international source for global news, providing an evolving network of world-leading insights and analysis coupled with rapidly expanding original reporting. Foreign Policy's "100 Top Global Thinkers of 2013" list is conducted annually by the magazine and presents a unique portrait of that year's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them.

To celebrate this year's recipients, an awards ceremony and reception will be held Dec. 11 in Washington, D.C. Recipients also will participate in a day-long event featuring keynote remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as other senior American officials, diplomats and business leaders.

The full list of recipients will be posted here

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