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Old problems, new (behavioral economics) solutions

Jens Ludwig (University of Chicago)

Wednesday 29 May 2024 18:30 - 20:00

Wolfson Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

About this event

Using behavioural science to examine the causes of violence and presenting a novel approach for solving the problem.

Every year, nearly half a million people are murdered at the hands of others around the world. Common belief attributes this to either inadequate deterrence from the criminal justice system, or limited economic opportunities for the underprivileged (root causes). That is to say, the issue is usually seen as a matter of incentives, or what psychologists call deliberate, conscious "System 2" thinking.

This talk contends instead that interpersonal violence often originates from the type of rapid, instinctive "System 1" cognition that occurs beneath the level of consciousness. This behavioural science perspective not only changes our understanding of the causes of violence but also suggests an entirely different approach to solving the issue.


Jens Ludwig University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
Tom Kirchmaier (chair) CEP, London School of Economics


This in-person event is free and open to all to attend both online or in person.

To attend in person, please register here.
To attend online, please register here.

CEP Crime Week

This event is part of CEP's Crime Week 2024, which includes:

Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


This event will take place in Wolfson Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

The building is labelled CKK on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.