A World on the Edge: Conversation with Lord Gus O’Donnell & Professor Richard Thaler

Pro Bono Economics

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom

Chicago Booth Alumni Relations

July 18, 2017: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a conversation with Lord Gus O'Donnell & Professor Richard Thaler at Chicago Booth in London. This event is held in partnership with Pro Bono Economics. 


Chicago Booth in London
Woolgate Exchange, 1st floor
25 Basinghall Street
London, United Kingdom

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The current world order is rapidly changing. The aftermath of the shocking results from last year's popular votes in the US and UK have us scrambling to comprehend the deep divisions within our societies.

To understand what lies behind these turbulent times, we are delighted to be hosting an intimate and no doubt illuminating conversation with two of the greatest minds in economics today. Lord Gus O'Donnell, a prominent government economist and former Cabinet Secretary under three Prime Ministers, will be joined by Professor Richard Thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioural economics and renowned for pioneering the nudge theory.

Held in partnership with Pro Bono Economics, an organization that helps charities and social enterprises measure their social impact, the Chicago Booth London campus welcomes you to be part of this insightful discussion.

Lord Gus O'Donnell was Head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary between 2005 and 2011. Before this, Gus held several positions at the Treasury, British Embassy in Washington, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. An instrumental figure behind the launch of Pro Bono Economics in 2010, Gus is now their Chair of Trustees.

Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics Richard Thaler co-authored the global best seller Nudge, in which concepts of behavioural economics are used to tackle many of society's major problems. The book challenged the assumption of rational decision-making inherent in most economic models and showed how 'choice architecture', or context, could be changed to 'nudge' people to make better choices. Thaler also published Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics in 2015.

18:00 Registration
18:30 Discussion with Lord Gus O'Donnell & Professor Richard Thaler
19:30 Networking Reception


No Charge


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Deadline: 7/18/2017


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