Ned Augenblick

Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
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Ned Augenblick is a professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at Berkeley Haas. His focus is behavioral economics, which is the incorporation of psychological insights into economics. Broadly, economics is built on a very useful framework of rational decision-making to make predictions about human behavior. However, in reality, people systematically deviate from this rationality benchmark. By understanding and integrating these deviations into economic models, it is possible to create more accurate predictions and policy recommendations about the world. Augenblick has explored these deviations from rational thinking using theoretical models, experimental data, and empirical environments in settings ranging from online markets to the voting booth to the stock market. This research has published in top journals in economics as well as being discussed in outlets such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Atlantic. For the last eight years, Augenblick has taught the core strategy class to full-time Berkeley MBA students. The class combines the framework of game theory with behavioral economics to understand how executives can make thoughtful decisions that drive sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. Prior to teaching strategy, Augenblick taught game theory and statistics. Augenblick studied economics and psychology at Georgetown and mathematics at the University College Dublin, and received his PhD in Economics from Stanford.

Academic Background 

PhD, Economics, Stanford University

HDip, Mathematical Science, University College, Dublin

BA, Economics and Psychology, Georgetown University

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

An Experiment on Time Preference and Misprediction in Unpleasant Tasks

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To Reveal or Not to Reveal: Privacy Preferences and Economic Frictions

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The Economics of Faith: Using an Apocalyptic Prophecy to Elicit Religious Beliefs in the Field

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Ballot Position, Choice Fatigue, and Voter Behavior

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The Sunk-Cost Fallacy in Penny Auctions

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Working Over Time: Dynamic Inconsistency in Real Effort Tasks

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Using Competition to Elicit Cooperation in a Public Goods Game: A Field Experiment

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Awards & Honors 
  • Leonard W. and Shirley R. Ely Dissertation Fellowship, 2009 – 2010
  • George Shultz Fellowship Funding (Swoopo Project), 2009
  • Centennial TA Award: University-wide Annual Teaching Award, 2009
  • George Shultz Fellowship Funding (Election Project), 2008
  • John M. Olin Law and Economics Program Fellowship, 2006
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Six-time winner, 2005 – 2009
Academic Background 

PhD, Economics, Stanford University

HDip, Mathematical Science, University College, Dublin

BA, Economics and Psychology, Georgetown University

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

An Experiment on Time Preference and Misprediction in Unpleasant Tasks

VIEW

To Reveal or Not to Reveal: Privacy Preferences and Economic Frictions

VIEW

The Economics of Faith: Using an Apocalyptic Prophecy to Elicit Religious Beliefs in the Field

VIEW

Ballot Position, Choice Fatigue, and Voter Behavior

VIEW

The Sunk-Cost Fallacy in Penny Auctions

VIEW

Working Over Time: Dynamic Inconsistency in Real Effort Tasks

VIEW

Using Competition to Elicit Cooperation in a Public Goods Game: A Field Experiment

VIEW
VIEW MORE