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Gary Becker

Becker was one of the first economists to branch into what were traditionally considered topics belonging to sociology, including racial discrimination, crime, family organization, and drug addiction (see rational addiction). He is known for arguing that many different types of human behavior can be seen as rational and utility maximizing. His approach can include altruistic behavior by defining individuals' utility appropriately. He is also among the foremost exponents of the study of human capital. Becker is also credited with the "rotten kid theorem." He is married to Guity Nashat, a historian of the Middle East whose research interests overlap his own.

Jess Benhabib

About himself: I obtained my Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1976. I have been at NYU since 1980, and I am currently the Paulette Goddard Professor of Political Economy in the Faculty of Arts and Science. I am a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and have served on a number of editorial boards of scholarly journals in economics. I also served as Dean of Social Sciences (1997-2000) and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (1998-2000) and as Senior Vice-Provost at New York University. I was the co-editor of the Journal of Economic Theory with Karl Shell during 2000-2005. I work in the areas of economic growth, behavioral economics...

James Bettman

Burlington Industries Professor of Business Administration Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Ph.D., Yale University. Professor Bettman’s current research focuses on decision making and its interactions with emotion. Topics include 1) studies of how people use different strategies for solving different choice tasks, including brain correlates of strategy use and strategy switching; 2) examination of boundary conditions on the efficacy of unconscious thought in complex choices.

Maarten Boksem

About himself: The main theme of my research is performance monitoring and outcome evaluation: what happens in the brain when we make a mistake, and how does this affect subsequent behaviour? Do we learn from our mistakes? Can we pinpoint patterns of brain activity that predict whether we will or will not learn from our mistakes? I have a special interest in the effects of motivation and task engagement on these processes. Do we make fewer mistakes when we know we will be punished for them, or do we perform better when we are rewarded for good performance? Are there individual differences in the effectiveness of these types of motivation?

Maristella Botticini

PhD in Economics, Northwestern University (U.S.A.). Director, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Università Bocconi. Professor of Economics, Università Bocconi. Fellow, European Economic Association. Fellow, Dondena and IGIER research centers, Università Bocconi. Research Fellow, Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR), London. wards 2012 Co-winner with Zvi Eckstein of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in the category  “scholarship” for the book The Chosen Few. Independent board member, CIR (Compagnie Industriali Riunite). Faculty disciplinary committee member.

Samuel Bowles

American economist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he continues to teach courses on microeconomics and the theory of institutions. His work belongs to the Neo-Marxian (variably called Post-Marxian) tradition of economic thought; however, his perspective on economics is eclectic and draws on various schools of thought, including what he (and others) refer to as post-Walrasian economics. On his website at the Santa Fe Institute, he describes his two main academic interests as first, "the co-evolution of preferences, institutions and behavior, with emphasis on the modeling and empirical study of cultural evolution...

Christopher Budd

Economic and monetary historian with a doctorate in banking and finance (Cass Business School, London). He works independently in many contexts ranging from mainstream to ‘alternative’, central banking to organic farming. He writes frequently on economic affairs, and has published several books, including Prelude in Economics (1979), Of Wheat and Gold (1988), The Metamorphosis of Capitalism (2003), Rare Albion – a Monetary Allegory (2005) (see Writings) and Finance at the Threshold (Gower, 2011). He has initiated or participated in a variety of small, mostly 'green', businesses in fields as varied as farming, housing, food distribution...

Christopher Burke

About himself: I use behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigate how people make value-based decisions and learn from rewards or punishments. I am particularly interested in how the brain integrates different forms of information (such as expected value, uncertainty and social information) in order to generate optimal behavior, drawing on concepts from animal learning theory, reinforcement learning and behavioral ecology. Prior to arriving in Zurich, I obtained my undergraduate degree (natural sciences) and PhD (neuroscience) at the University of Cambridge. My PhD focused on how social influence is processed in the brain...

Carla Nagel

Carla is the founder and executive director at NMSBA.

Peter Corning

Ph.D., was born in Pasadena, California. He received his undergraduate education at Brown University, after which he served as a naval aviator and as a science writer at Newsweek magazine for two years before returning to graduate school at New York University to complete an interdisciplinary social science-life science doctoral degree. He subsequently won an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship for training and research at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado, following which he taught for seven years in the Human Biology Program at Stanford University while also holding research appointments in Stanford's Behavior Genetics Laboratory...

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