Evening talk

Tuesday 14 November 2017


Michael Lewis

How behavioural economics changed the world

In conversation with Stephanie Flanders, former economics editor at the BBC, Michael Lewis will take to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss the themes of his latest book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World.

The Undoing Project explores the extraordinary relationship between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky – a collaboration which created the field of behavioural economics and won Kahneman the Nobel Prize in economics in 2002, the first time the award had gone to a psychologist.

Behavioural economics shows that human beings are not the rational creatures we imagine ourselves to be. It has revolutionised our thinking about everything: from big data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football.

Michael Lewis

Author of numerous global bestsellers, including The Big Short, Liar’s Poker, Boomerang, and Flash Boys. Lewis is contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and writes for Portfolio and Vanity Fair magazine, for which he has interviewed Barack Obama.

Born in New Orleans, Lewis was educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics, where his tutor was Mervyn King.