University of Chicago Economist Wins Nobel Prize

Thaler, Famed for ‘Nudge’ Theory, Wins Nobel

Economics Prize

Richard H. Thaler won the Nobel Prize for Economics, a reward for 40 years of work spent studying human bias and temptation when many fellow economists preferred to view people as rational actors.

Thaler, 72 and a professor at the University of Chicago, is one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, a field which once drew derision from some academics before entering the mainstream over the past decade. He was

Richard Thalermade a Nobel laureate for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately affect markets.

The co-author of the 2008 best-seller “Nudge” has “built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision-making,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.