These are 2008 AEA Conference Papers; please see also the full 2008 ASSA Preliminary Program Schedule.
Conference papers will be uploaded as they become available from the authors.

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Sabrina Tom (University of California, Los Angeles)


Friday, January 4, 8:00 AM

Friday, January 4, 8:00 AM
Session: Neural Foundations of Simple Economic Decision Making (AEA)
Presiding: Antonio Rangel (California Institute of Technology)

Neural Predictors of Purchases
Brian Knutson (Stanford University)
Scott Rick (Carnegie Mellon University)
Elliott Wimmer (Stanford University)
Drazen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
George Loewenstein (Carnegie Mellon University)

The Neural Basis for the Computation of Decision Values in Simple Economic Choice
Hilke Plassman (California Institute of Technology)
John O'Doherty (California Institute of Technology)
Antonio Rangel (California Institute of Technology)

Losses loom larger than gains on the brain: The Neural Basis of loss aversion in decision making under risk
Craig Fox (University of California, Los Angeles)
Sabrina Tom (University of California, Los Angeles)
Chrisopher Trepel (University of California, Los Angeles)
Russell Poldrack (University of California, Los Angeles)
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Neural Mechanisms Underlying Temptation and Control
David Laibson (Harvard University)
Samuel McClure (Princeton University)
Dan Ariely (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jonathan Cohen (Princeton University)



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In the News:

University of Chicago economics professor, Matthew Gentzkow, who is the AEA's 2014 John Bates Clark Medal recipient, discusses the future of economics, the state of the media ecosphere, and virtues of "data hustle" in this interview from Quartz.

A recent article in The Economist examines higher education endowments and university behaviors including new research presented in a paper from the latest edition of the American Economic Review.

"For economists, the tradition of keeping mum—at least as a national organization—is long and proud. 'The association as such will take no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions,' the economic association states on its website. Those policies, says its president, William D. Nordhaus, a professor at Yale University, by email, 'have served it well through hot and cold wars.'"

"Not only do economists vary widely in their opinions of economic policy, he notes, but many have participated in helping shape such policies. Putting forth statements on political issues would be 'unnecessary, polarizing, controversy-stoking, and a distraction from the real and important work of economic research and education,' he says. (Mr. Nordhaus was, of course, speaking for himself and not the association.)"

Read the whole story in the The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscribers only).

From ASSA 2014: The Wall Street Journal reports on the AEA's CSWEP committee's efforts in mentoring early-career female economists and the program's expanding influence on similar programs being developed overseas. Read the full article here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published "Cool Head on Global Warming," an in-depth look at the new book by 2014 AEA President, William Nordhaus entitled, "The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty and Economics for a Warming World" (Yale University Press).

The Atlantic Cities provides a thorough examination of Clifford Winston's (Brooking Institution) research, "On The Performance of the U.S. Transportation System: Caution Ahead," from the latest edition of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL).

Upcoming research by Yang Wang, a health economist at Lafayette College, indicates that some smokers believe age, race, and parental longevity influence their life expectancy more than smoking does. Access the news brief here, or the forthcoming article from the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

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