Risky Business

Why are many people more afraid of flying than they are of driving when flying is actually much safer? How is it that there is widespread misunderstanding on the benefits of vaccinations or the preponderance of evidence for climate change? Drawing on insights from psychology, behavioral economics sheds some light on how both individuals and societies sometimes approach decisions involving uncertainty in ways that defy traditional models of rationality.

College Connections Faculty: Mike Urbancic

Photo of College Connections faculty for Risky Business, Mike Urbancic.

Mike Urbancic had a hard time deciding what he wanted to study in college. At the University of Arizona he ended up majoring in history, Spanish, math, and economics (finishing all four, oddly enough). His broad interests led him to explore the boundaries between disciplines during his Ph.D. work at Berkeley, where he studied economic history and performed research in behavioral and experimental economics. Since his arrival at the University of Oregon three years ago he has devoted most of his time and energy to his true passion: teaching. In addition to offering several courses per year, Mike is one of the economics department's two primary advisors, he sits on the Board of Directors of The Duck Store, and in May he was elected to serve as one of the executive officers of the faculty union. His hobbies include watching Netflix with his kids, stargazing, and playing tabletop games.

Email: urbancic@uoregon.edu

FIG Assistant: Lindsey Spillar

Email: lspillar@uoregon.edu

Summer Assignment

Your summer assignment will be to read the book The Drunkard's Walk. Do not worry about purchasing the book as we will be mailling you a copy which should be delivered by late August!

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.