Behavioural economics Nobel Prize: great surprise on my first working day

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 img_9513-2.jpgfather 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…

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EU visiting fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

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