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Katherine L. Milkman

Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

Research Interests: behavioral economics, judgment and decision making, experimental economics

Links: CV, Personal Website


    This class provides a high-level introduction to the field of judgment and decision making (JDM) and in-depth exposure to the process of doing research in this area. Throughout the semester you will gain hands-on experience with several different JDM research projects. You will be paired with a PhD student or faculty mentor who is working on a variety of different research studies. Each week you will be given assignments that are central to one or more of these studies, and you will be given detailed descriptions of the research projects you are contributing to and how your assignments relate to the successful completion of these projects. To complement your hands-on research experience, throughout the semester you will be assigned readings from the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, which summarizes key recent ideas in the JDM literature. You will also meet as a group for an hour once every three weeks with the class's faculty supervisor and all of his or her PhD students to discuss the projects you are working on, to discuss the class readings, and to discuss your own research ideas stimulated by getting involved in various projects. Date and time to be mutually agreed upon by supervising faculty and students. the 1CU version of this course will involve approx. 10 hours of research immersion per week and a 10-page paper. The

    0.5 CU version of this course will involve approx 5 hours of research immersion per week and a 5-page final paper. Please contact Katy Milkman if you are interested in enrolling in this course:



  • OPIM989 - Topics in Operations and Information Management

    The specific content of this course varies form semester to semester, depending on student and faculty interests.

    OPIM989001  ( Syllabus