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November 14, 2013



Annual Joe Tiao Lecture tonight to discuss hidden motives of economics

By Bill Blankenau

Dr. John List

John List, Homer J. Livingston professor of economics and chairman of the department of economics at the University of Chicago, will present the annual Joe Tiao Lecture on Economic Issues at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in 105 Umberger Hall.

His talk, "The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life," will address insights from experimental economics on topics such as why people give to charity, why people discriminate, why men earn more than women and why urban schools continue to lag.

Along with Uri Gneezy of the University of California, San Diego, List has recently authored a book for the general public with this same title.

List is a pioneer in field experiments and behavioral economics. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed research publications on topics such as charitable giving, public goods provision, and valuation of non-marketed goods and services.

He received the 2010 Kenneth Galbraith Award and the 2008 Arrow Prize for Senior Economists for his research in behavioral economics in the field. He also holds a position as a National Bureau of Economic Research Associate and served as a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2002 to 2004.

The Joe Tiao Lecture Series enables the department of economics to bring internationally acclaimed economists to campus each year. Each Tiao lecturer presents two lectures at K-State: a public lecture on an economics issue of current interest and a more technical seminar in the department. List will be giving the 12th public lecture in the series, which was initiated in 2006.

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