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Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics


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"How to Change: Adapting for a Post-Pandemic World"

Katy Milkman (University of Pennsylvania) will give the seventh annual Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics.

As we emerge from lockdown into our post-pandemic lives, Katy Milkman is the person best equipped to help us make the most of this figurative “blank slate”: not only teaching us how to create change, but to make it stick. 

Milkman is the James G. Dinan Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also co-founded and co-directs the University of Pennsylvania’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative, alongside her Wharton colleague, Angela Duckworth. Her research is transforming our understanding of behavior change.

Milkman is the former president of the International Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and one of Wharton’s most sought-after teachers. She is the host of Charles Schwab’s popular behavioral economics podcast Choiceology and has also worked with or advised dozens of organizations on how to spur positive change, including Google, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Red Cross, 24 Hour Fitness, Walmart, Morningstar, and the White House. Her research and insights are frequently covered by major media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and NPR.

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