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Atkinson Lecture

STICERD Atkinson Lecture - Cognitive Economics

Andrei Shleifer (Harvard University)

Thursday 09 November 2023 18:15 - 19:30

Many of our seminars and public events this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @STICERD_LSE for updates.

Unless otherwise specified, in-person seminars are open to the public.

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.

About this event

Human choices are often unstable, dependent on normatively irrelevant features of the problem, and variable across people in similar situations. Standard economics resolves these challenges by constructing exotic preferences. Behavioral economics deals with them by proliferating biases. Neither unifies different phenomena effectively.

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An alternative strategy is to start with regularities of human cognition, such as perception, attention, and memory, and to derive how people represent problems, form beliefs, and make choices from those foundations.  This approach unifies theoretically a broad range of puzzling findings, and incorporates new strategies of measurement and prediction.  We illustrate the ideas of cognitive economics with examples of finance, macroeconomics, labor economics, political economy, and risk assessment using both experimental and field data.

Andrei Shleifer is John L Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He has worked in the areas of comparative corporate governance, law and finance, behavioural finance, as well as institutional economics. He has published seven books and is an Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Finance Association. Shleifer is a previous winner of the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association.  According to RePEc, Shleifer is the most cited economist in the world.

The event will be chaired by Camille Landais, Professor of Econmics and director of STICERD, LSE.

This public event is free and open to all. 

This event will be a hybrid event, with an in-person audience in the LSE's Hong Kong Theatre and an online audience.

For the online event:, please register via Zoom. For the in-person event, please register here

For further information please contact Lubala Chibwe, by email: