Richard Thaler of USA wins Nobel Economics Prize

Richard Thaler of USA wins Nobel Economics Prize

American economist Richard Thaler was awarded 2017 Nobel prize in economics "for his contributions to behavioural economics".

To address these shortcomings, Thaler and Benartzi pioneered their "Save More Tomorrow" (SMarT) program created to help employees increase their savings rates gradually over time by overcoming self-control problems and other behavioral biases. Thaler's experimental work revealed people often make irrational economic choices, Kochov said.

Richard Thaler works as a professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago.

Thaler co-authored a book with Harvard's Cass R. Sunstein called "Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness".

"There's also a nudging unit for the United Kingdom government, there's one for the Australian government, it even affects the Swedish government when they think about these things"'.

The 9-million-kronor ($1.1-million) prize was awarded to the academic for his "understanding the psychology of economics", Swedish Academy of Sciences secretary Goeran Hansson said Monday.

Thaler made a cameo appearance in the 2015 movie "The Big Short" about the credit and housing bubble collapse that led to the 2008 global financial crisis.

"I don't know about you, but I'm nervous, and it seems like when investors are nervous, they're prone to being spooked", he said, adding that "nothing seems to spook the market".

The Swedish National Bank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was first granted to its first recipients, Ragnar Frisch of Norway and Jan Tinbergen of the Netherlands, nearly 70 years after the series of prestigious prizes that Nobel helped establish through funding set aside in his will.

However, when Thaler was informed by a tweep that the BJP-led NDA government had chose to introduce Rs 2000 notes in a remonetisation effort, the Nobel laureate said, "Really?" The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted that Thaler, in his applied work, demonstrated how nudging may help people exercise better self-control when saving for retirement, as well as in other contexts.