ABOUT

me

I’m an economics PhD Candidate at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.  My key research focus is the Behavioural Economics of Education, my thesis working title is ‘Behavioural Economics and the Complexity of School choice’.

Unlike most economists I have an unusual academic background with a BSc in Biochemistry & Genetics (ANU), a BA in Philosophy specialising in Applied Ethics (ANU), a Masters in Applied Finance focusing mainly on Risk (Macquarie) and an accounting CPA.  Mostly I have worked in international banking & more recently higher education.  The 5 years spent working in Japan has deeply influenced my interest in how cultural heuristics affect economic outcomes. An example being a society’s approach & value attributed to education.

The field of Economics of Education, and why some nations are more successful than others, has been passionate interest of mine ever since I first read Gary Becker’s book ‘Human Capital’.

‘The misBehaving Economist’ is a blog of my thoughts on issues relating, however loosely, to the behavioural economics of education, and more specifically my research area of behavioural choice in education.

As I am ‘new’ to economics I value feedback and suggestions.

I can be reached at sean.leaver@rmit.edu.au or sean.leaver@me.com

Twitter handle is @Sean_Leaver

Flickr photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/115646107@N08/

Key influences: James Heckman, Gary Becker, Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky, Herbert Simon, George Shackle, John von Neumann, Elinor Ostrom, James Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Freidrich Hayek, Daniel McFadden, George Loewenstein, Richard Thaler, Gerd Gigerenzer, Dan Ariely, Richard Posner, Nassim Taleb.

+ Karl Popper, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sun Tzu

My PhD Supervisor is Professor Jason Potts and Dr Foula Kopanidis.