“[We need to] stop people calling everyone who does applied work in this area a behavioral economist. The term we prefer is ‘behavioral scientist.’” - Richard Thaler
In an interview at ideas42’s New York headquarters, Richard Thaler called for a more open-minded (and less economics-centric) approach to behavioral science. He said that economics “leaves out so many important things,” and that applied behavioral science cannot only be practiced by behavioral economists: “[We need to] stop people calling everyone who does applied work in this area a behavioral economist. The term we prefer is ‘behavioral scientist.’”
With that in mind, Misbehaving Blog is thrilled to become part of the Behavioral Scientist, a new online magazine whose mission is to make the valuable insights gathered from behavioral science accessible and useful to all. With support provided by ideas42, the Center for Decision Research, and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, the Behavioral Scientist will bring you original, thought-provoking reports from the front lines of behavioral science. On our site you'll find analysis of current events by leading behavioral scientists, updates on developments in the field, conversations with experts, coverage of recently published books and papers, and a curation of some of the best behavioral science writing online.