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Psychological and Educational Services Spring Lecture

Psychology in Contexts of Scarcity

Monday, April 23, 2018 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

McNally Amphitheatre
140 West 62nd Street
Lincoln Center Campus, Fordham University

Professor Eldar Shafir will review research related to the psychology that emerges in contexts of scarcity, and the mindset and decisions -- occasionally commendable, often problematic -- that ensue. Some implications for thinking about scarcity (especially regarding poverty) will be considered, and lessons for policy design and implementation discussed.

Eldar Shafir, Ph.D., is Professor of Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton University, and the Inaugural Director of Princeton’s Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy. He is also co-founder and scientific director at ideas42, a social science R&D lab. He studies decision-making, cognitive science, and behavioral economics. His recent research has focused on decision-making in contexts of poverty and on the application of behavioral research to policy. He is Past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Behavioural Sciences. In addition, he was a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has received several awards, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the William James Book Award. He was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013, and elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He edited a book called “The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy,” (2012), and co-authored, with economist Sendhil Mullainathan, “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much,” (2013). He received his B.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.