Richard Thaler and the Rise of Behavioral Economics

Prof Nicholas Barberis of Yale Univ pays tribute to Prof Richard Thaler’s work in this paper. It is also one of the best summaries of both Thaler’s work and behavioral economics.

In the end Prof Barberis concludes hoping beh eco becomes a more integrated discipline and not a seperate subject as it is today:

In his talks and writings, Thaler has often noted his wish for “the end” of behavioral
economics. His hope is that economics will reach a point where there is no need for separate
courses or conferences in behavioral economics. Rather, the ideas of behavioral economics
will be fully integrated into existing courses on financial economics, labor economics, macroeconomics,
and so on; moreover, all research economists will be familiar with these ideas and
will apply them as appropriate in their work. While there is some way to go before this goal
is reached, the underlying vision is starting to be realized. More and more often, researchers
who do not identify particularly as behavioral economists are nonetheless incorporating behavioral
ideas into their analyses. The end of behavioral economics is in sight, and Richard
Thaler is surely heartened to know it.

Hmm..

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