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Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures:
The Psychology of Saving & Investment

Speaker: Professor David Laibson, Harvard University

Date: November 19, 20 and 21 at 6.30 pm

Venue: Old Theatre, LSE, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Podcasts now available - download and listen to each lecture in MP3 format.
These lectures will challenge many standard assumptions in economics, and show how a combination of psychology and economics can better predict behaviour
  • Monday 19 November: Lecture 1 - Intertemporal Choice
    How do people value delayed rewards? Is a Snickers bar tomorrow psychologically valued as much as a Snickers bar today? How can social scientists measure and model these time preferences? How has neuroscience and neuroimaging provided new insights about these intertemporal tradeoffs?
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  • Tuesday 20 November: Lecture 2 - Investment for Dummies
    How do institutions affect the investment decisions that people make? Why do defaults and other seemingly irrelevant institutional features dominate people’s financial choices? How are these empirical and theoretical findings influencing both conceptual academic debates and practical policy debates? What financial system should we establish if investors are imperfectly rational?
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  • Wednesday 21 November: Lecture 3 - Sticky Biases and the Curse of Education
    Why does the marketplace fail to eliminate behavioral biases? Why are there insufficient incentives for firms to compete by educating biased consumers and thereby winning their business? Indeed, why does the marketplace sometimes augment behavioral biases? How should economists model market equilibria in which rational firms interact with imperfectly rational consumers?
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    Listen to podcast: MP3
David Laibson is Professor of Economics at Harvard University and one of the leaders in the new field of 'behavioural economics'

For more information, please contact Jo Cantlay at j.m.cantlay@lse.ac.uk.