Spring 2018 Behavioral Policy Speaker Series Announced

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

The Behavioral Policy Speaker Series resumes in Spring 2018 with an eclectic line-up of researchers who apply behavioral insights in a number of fields.  

Beginning the Spring series on February 22 will be Jens Ludwig, the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and School of Social Service Administration, the director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and the co-director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab.

Rebecca Wolfe, Director of the Peace and Conflict Team of Mercy Corps, will present a talk on March 29 entitled "Why Do People Join Violent Groups and What Can We Do To Prevent Them? A Behavioral Perspective."

On April 19, in a talk rescheduled from the fall, Hunt Allcott will speak on "Regressive Sin Taxes: What Is the Optimal Soda Tax?"  Allcott is Associate Professor of Economics at New York University.

And Brigitte Madrian, the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will round out the series with a talk, "Saving for Now, Saving for Later," on April 26.

Please note that all talks are free and open to the public and run on the aforementioned Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  All talks will be held in the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room 399 with the exception of the Ludwig talk on February 22.  A location for this talk will be posted on the event page.