Why 'Rational' Humans Misbehave

Published on May 11, 2015

Traditional economics argues that humans are rational actors. But Richard H. Thaler, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, had spent much of his career challenging that notion. In his new book, Misbehaving, The Making of Behavioral Economics, Thaler explains why humans depart from standards of rationality and explores the consequences of human miscalculations.

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