Daniel Kahneman is the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Sciences for his pioneering work on the psychology of judgment and decision making as well as behavioural economics, exploring the ways we make decisions about risk, especially under uncertainty. In 2015 The Economist listed him as the 7th most influential economist in the world.
Daniel Kahneman is an eminence grise for the Freakonomics crowd. In the mid-1970s, with his collaborator Amos Tversky, he was among the first academics to pick apart exactly why we make “wrong” decisions. In their 1979 paper on prospect theory, Kahneman and Tversky examined a simple problem of economic risk. And rather than stating the optimal, rational answer, as an economist of the time might have, they quantified how most real people, consistently, make a less-rational choice. Their work treated economics not as a perfect or self-correcting machine, but as a system prey to quirks of human perception. The field of behavioral economics was born.
In his international bestseller, «Thinking, Fast and Slow», he takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.
In addition to the Nobel Prize, Kahneman has been the recipient of many other awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association and the Grawemeyer Prize, both jointly with Amos Tversky, and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association.
He is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University. Kahneman earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
In his speeches, Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.