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Katherine L. Milkman

James G. Campbell, Jr. Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management

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

Links: CV, Personal Website


  • OPIM290 - Decision Processes

    This course is an intensive introduction to various scientific perspectives on the processes through which people make decisions. Perspectives covered include cognitive psychology of human problem-solving, judgment and choice, theories of rational judgment and decision, and the mathematical theory of games. Much of the material is technically rigorous. Prior or current enrollment in STAT 101 or the equivalent, although not required, is strongly recommended.

    OPIM290001  ( Syllabus

  • OPIM299 - JUDG & DEC MAKING RES IM: JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING RESEARCH IMMERSION - 0.5CU

    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: kmilkman@wharton.upenn.edu

    OPIM299001 

    OPIM299002 

  • OPIM690 - Managerial Decision Making

    There has been increasing interest in recent years as to how managers make decisions when there is uncertainty regarding the value or likelihood of final outcomes. What type of information do they collect? How do they process the data? What factors influence the decisions? This course will address these issues. By understanding managerial decision processes we may be better able to prescribe ways of improving managerial behavior. Building on recent work in cognitive psychology, students will gain an understanding of the simplified rules of thumb and apparent systematic biases that individuals utilize in making judgments and choices under uncertainty. At the end of the course, students should understand the decision making process more thoroughly and be in a position to become a better manager.

    MGMT690401  ( Syllabus

    MGMT690402  ( Syllabus

    OPIM690401  ( Syllabus

    OPIM690402  ( Syllabus