Chicago Booth at World Economic Forum

Dr. Raghuram RajanRichard Thaler and Raghuram Rajan among the speakers at Davos

Two professors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as the University’s President, will participate in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 27-31 January, 2010.

Richard Thaler, Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and Raghuram Rajan, Professor of Finance, will participate in several panels on subjects as wide-reaching as the consequences of the financial crisis and breast cancer.

The organizing theme for the 40th Annual Meeting of political and civic thought leaders, business people and academics is a call to action and has the theme: "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild."

President Robert J. Zimmer, recently named to the Global University Leaders Forum, will be discussing issues pertaining to universities around the world, including expansion into developing nations, creating a global university system, and issues involving Africa and the environment. This panel will be chaired by Richard Levin, President of Yale and will feature 25 of the top universities in the world. President Zimmer is a contributor to the following panels: “Weak Signals” and “Groundbreaking discoveries in science and technology.”

Professor Richard ThalerProfessor Thaler, acclaimed co-author of the best-selling Nudge, will talk about what went wrong with economics and how to fix it in “Rebuilding Economics” and “Bringing Sense to Irrational Markets.” In “What Every Person Should know about Breast Cancer”  Thaler will extrapolate on his recent article in the New York Times which outlined why false-positive mammograms mean it isn’t necessarily a bad thing for women to be screened for cancer in their fifties instead of their forties.

Dr. Rajan, currently an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India, will talk about the global economic outlook in “What is the ‘New Normal’ for Global Growth?” and “Redesigning the International Monetary System”

About the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is one of the leading business schools in the world, consistently ranking in the top ten and frequently in the top five.  The school’s faculty includes many renowned scholars and its graduates occupy key positions in the US and worldwide.  The Chicago Approach to Management Education is distinguished by how it leverages fundamental knowledge, its rigor, and its practical application to business challenges.

The school offers full- and part-time MBA programmes, a PhD programme, open enrolment executive education and custom corporate education, with campuses in London, Chicago and Singapore. Current enrolment includes 1,100 full-time MBA students, 1,900 part-time MBA students of whom 90 are studying in London, and 110 PhD students.  Six current or former faculty members are Nobel Prize winners in economics. Among the school’s many successful alumni are James A. Rasulo, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO of The Walt Disney Company, Bart Becht, CEO, Reckitt Benckiser plc, Kateryna Chumchenko Yuschenko, First Lady of Ukraine and David Booth, founder and chief executive of Dimensional Fund Advisors, for whom the school was renamed in 2008.

About  the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

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