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Hear Why Nobel Prize-Winning Economist, Dr. Richard Thaler, Advocates for Gender Equality

March 29, 2019

Room to Read recently hosted a fascinating conversation at the China Club in Hong Kong, where Nobel Prize-winning economist, Richard Thaler and Carl Huttenlocher discussed how behaviorial economics can create a more prosperous and gender equal world. 

“We need to have girls learn how to read and go to school. We are rightly concerned with first world issues like pay quality, but imagine if your daughters weren't allowed to go to school. That's step one.” Dr. Richard Thaler Nobel Prize-winning behavioral economist

Thaler is the 2017 Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thaler is also the co-author of the best-selling book, "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness", which discusses how public and private organizations can help people make better choices in their daily lives.  

Thaler and Huttenlocher joined 140 of Hong Kong's most successful financial and business leaders, such as representatives from PIMCO, BAML, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Lipman Karas, as well as twenty guests who attended our Hong Kong gala just days before. Their collective generosity raised more than $100,000 for Room to Read's Literacy and Girls' Education Programs in a single afternoon! 

We were thrilled with the event and Dr. Thaler's thoughts, so we wanted to share some key takeaways with you:

Hear from Dr. Richard Thaler

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