John Leahy’s lecture, “The Economics of Wishful Thinking,” celebrates his appointment as Allen Sinai Professor of Macroeconomics and Public Policy. This appointment is shared between LSA’s Department of Economics and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

“The topic of the talk is how to think about irrational beliefs, in particular I’m going to think about people choosing their beliefs,” says Leahy. He will go into reasons for people to care about beliefs, beyond the necessity for accuracy, as well as costs.

“The Economics of Wishful Thinking” will take place Thursday, October 20, at 4:00 pm. It will be held in the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Auditorium (1120 Weill Hall). This lecture, which will be both intriguing to economists and accessible to an audience with a variety of backgrounds, is open to the public. Join the conversation by using #SinaiLecture!

Not able to attend? The event will be webstreamed through the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.