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Richard Thaler, professor of behavioral science and economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

In May, Thaler received the 2012 Nicholas Molodovsky Award from the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals. The award is presented periodically "to individuals who have made outstanding contributions that change the direction of the profession and raise it to higher standards of accomplishment." He was honored for his groundbreaking research in the fields of behavioral economics and finance. As he looks ahead, Thaler sees "lots of new business opportunities for companies to become 'choice engines.' The Obama administration is releasing tons of new data in machine-readable formats. App developers can help citizens make better decisions by digesting, analyzing and customizing the new data."See the original profile that ran April 30, 2012
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