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The Irrational Economist: Making Decisions in a Dangerous Worldby Erwann Michel Kerjan
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Of the twenty most costly catastrophes since 1970, more than half have occurred since 2001. Is this an omen of what the 21st century will be? How might we behave in this new, uncertain and more dangerous environment? Will our actions be rational or irrational?
A select group of scholars, innovators, and Nobel Laureates was asked to address challenges to rational decision making both in our day-to-day life and in the face of catastrophic threats such as climate changes, natural disasters, technological hazards, and human malevolence. At the crossroads of decision sciences, behavioral and neuro-economics, psychology, management, insurance, and finance, their contributions aim to introduce readers to the latest thinking and discoveries.
The Irrational Economist challenges the conventional wisdom about how to make the right decisions in the new era we have entered. It reveals a profound revolution in thinking as understood by some of the greatest minds in our day, and underscores the growing role and impact of economists and other social scientists as they guide our most important personal and societal decisions.
At a time of huge choices, it has never been more important to make the right decisions. Acclaimed experts explore decision-making and irrationality in a catastrophic world
About the Author
Erwann Michel-Kerjan teaches at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is Managing Director of the Wharton Risk Center, which for 25 years has been at the forefront of research into the management of extreme events. Honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos), he advises on these issues for top decision makers around the world.
Paul Slovic is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and founder and President of Decision Research. He is the author of several praised books on human judgment and risk analysis, and is a recipient the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association.
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