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Writer Michael Lewis on the friendship that gave rise to behavioral economics




Michael Lewis, a financial journalist and author, participates in a discussion in the Newsmaker Series of talks at George Washington University on April 4, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Michael Lewis, a financial journalist and author, participates in a discussion in the Newsmaker Series of talks at George Washington University on April 4, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Using the discipline of psychology to understand human decision-making seems like a no-brainer nowadays, but that wasn’t always the case.

In 1979, psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman published a groundbreaking paper that would pave the way for the rise of the field of behavioral economics. In this new book, “The Undoing Project,” writer Michael Lewis goes behind the theory to document the lives of the two Israeli scholars and their friendship.

Michael Lewis will be in conversation with Mindy Kaling tonight in Santa Monica at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School. The event starts at 8pm. For more information, click here

Guest:

Michael Lewis, author of numerous books, including “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004), and his latest, “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016)