Risk: The Human Factor

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Risk: The Human Factor

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Held at Morgan Stanley World Headquarters, 41st Floor, 1585 Broadway, New York, NY

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Summary: The analysis of risk in the financial system often focuses, as it should, on properties and characteristics of the system that may lead to increased instability and, in extreme cases, risk of systemic failure and collapse. One such characteristic that receives less attention than it deserves is the human element in both the design and operation of financial markets and other components of the financial system. This topical meeting will examine the human factor in risk to the financial system, from the perspectives of behavioral economics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience, and will integrate those perspectives with views from leading members of the financial community. 

Speakers Include:

  • Edward Thorp, Hedge Fund Manager, Author, former Professor of Mathematics, Noted Blackjack Gambler
  • Nicholas Barberis, Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management
  • Elke Weber, Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business; Professor of Psychology, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Vincent Reinhart, Managing Director and Chief US Economist, Morgan Stanley
  • David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Gregory Berns, Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics and Director of the Center for Neuropolicy, and Professor of Economics, Emory University
  • Phil Tetlock, Leonore Annenberg University Professor in Psychology and Management, University of Pennsylvania