My key research focus is the Behavioural Economics of Education, and in particular ‘Behavioural economics and the complexity of parental investments in education’.

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’. Although now I find myself mostly in disagreement with Becker’s view of the world.

‘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.

I can be reached at leaversean at gmail.com

Twitter handle is @Sean_Leaver

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Key influences: James Heckman, Gary Becker, Joan Robinson, Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky, Herbert Simon, George Shackle, Elinor Ostrom, Freidrich Hayek, Daniel McFadden, George Loewenstein, Ernst Fehr, Richard Thaler, Gerd Gigerenzer, Dan Ariely, Richard Posner, and Nassim Taleb.

+ Karl Popper, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sun Tzu, Akira Kurosawa, Luce Irigaray