Who are you?

Question: Who are you?

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Dan Ariely: My name is Dan Ariely, and I’m the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Behavioral Economics at MIT.  As you can clearly tell from my accent I was born in New York City.  And then when I was very young my parents moved to Israel, and I was . . . I lived there until I came here to grad school.  And how it changed my . . . how it shaped my behavior . . . So at that point in Israel when I was growing up, things were very simple, and easy, and flexible.  I grew up in an environment where I could basically almost do anything I wanted, which was great.  The second thing that my mother always had interesting rules and regulations.  So for example I was not allowed to skip classes in school.  But every time I needed a day off I could take a whole day off.  And my mother’s logic was that one hour here and there don’t do much.  But when you need the whole day off that can actually help.

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Recorded on: February 19 2008

From New York to Israel, and back.

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