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Katy Milkman

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

Katy Milkman will present the Seventh Annual Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 4:00pm in the Dr. Paul & Natalie Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall.  

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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About the Volcker Lecture & Symposium 

The Volcker Chair was endowed by Robert Menschel, former senior director at Goldman Sachs Group and trustee emeritus of Syracuse University.“ The critically important field of behavioral economics, although relatively new, has quickly become central to policy makers and corporate leaders in their decision making,” observes Menschel, the author of Markets, Mobs, and Mayhem:  A Modern Look at the Madness of Crowds.“ Paul Volcker is the nation’s preeminent economist who epitomizes the very best thinking in this area.” Volcker’s distinguished career includes eight years as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan; four years as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and two years as chair of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. In addition, he served as Undersecretary of Treasury for international monetary affairs and was chairman of the prominent New York investment banking firm, J. Rothschild, Wolfensohn & Co. Volcker also chaired the National Commission on the Public Service, which focused on the changes needed to restore vitality and credibility to public service. 

The Maxwell School gratefully acknowledges Mr. Menschel's generous support. Funding for policy-relevant research and professional training for future public officials are key components to advancing effective governance at the national, state and local levels.

Leonard Lopoo, the Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics, hosts the Paul Volcker Lecture and Symposium. Lopoo, in collaboration with colleagues in Maxwell's Center for Policy Research, where he is director and senior research associate, organizes an annual conference or lecture on a public policy topic drawing on the insights and perspectives of behavioral economics. In addition, graduate students, in public administration and economics, organize a companion research symposium featuring scholars working at the cutting edge of research in behavioral economics and public policy. 

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