Behavioural economics Nobel Prize
My research will focus on behavioural insight and the psychology of dealing with evidence, and on my very first working day, Monday 9 October 2017, the Nobel Prize for Economy was awarded to Richard Thaler, the father of behavioural economics, for integrating economics with psychology. A great and (at least for me) unexpected Nobel Prize winner for Economics. This made my day!
I own and read several of his writings, in English or in Dutch, in books or on my iPad, and I felt excited about this honour: it is all about psychology, behaviour, influencing people’s behaviour – preferably in an ethically responsible way.
Unexpected get-togethers the first days
We used to joke at work in Brussels that – for me – Leuven was the centre of the world. Well, I must admit I am now tending to review this position. In St Antony’s, I even met – unexpectedly – a former EPRS intern, who is now working towards his Doctorate. There is also a former Trainee of our Scientific Foresight Service who is a PhD student at Oxford.
In addition, I also had an inspiring meeting with a PhD student at Nuffield College (which I was linked to via other channels). Nuffield is an institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in the social sciences, working closely with St Antony’s at library level.
It’s a small world…