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 Business School Hosts Economists May 4 and 5

Monday, Apr. 30, 2012

Can your Facebook status land you a job? Are investors born in the Depression-era really that different from Baby Boomer stockholders?  Are women more altruistic than men? Economists will explore these questions and others at the Bay Area Behavioral and Experimental Economics Workshop (BABEEW) at Santa Clara University on May 4 and 5, hosted by the Leavey School of Business.

"We're delighted to welcome nearly 60 scholars to Santa Clara University this weekend," said John Ifcher, assistant professor of economics and co-organizer of the workshop. "With a significant number of behavioral economists in the Bay Area, SCU is the ideal location in which to bring these scholars together.”

Behavioral economics modifies the traditional economic model of human activity, which is based on traits of unbounded rationality, unbounded willpower, and unbounded selfishness, according to an online entry by University of Chicago scholar Richard H. Thaler and Harvard University professor Sendhil Mullainathan in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.

For more information on the conference, visit the workshop website at

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The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1923, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business, MBA and Executive MBA programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation by BusinessWeek, U.S. News, Princeton Review, and others. The curriculum at all levels emphasizes the leadership role of business in creating prosperity within an ethical framework, as well as business responsibilities for social justice and sustainability in the global marketplace. The School opened its $49 million building for undergraduate, graduate, and professional business education in Fall 2008. For more information, see



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