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Nobel-Winning Psychologist Daniel Kahneman Dies at 90: A Tribute to His Pioneering Work in Behavioral Economics

Nobel Prize-winning Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman dies in the United States

Nobel-Winning Psychologist Daniel Kahneman Dies at 90: A Tribute to His Pioneering Work in Behavioral Economics

Daniel Kahneman, an esteemed Israeli-American psychologist, who was celebrated for his pioneering work in behavioral economics and won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002, passed away on March 27 at the age of 90. Deborah Treisman, his stepdaughter, confirmed the news but did not provide further details about his death.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1934, Kahneman studied mathematics and psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later worked in Israel’s psychological unit. In 1958, he moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. While studying there, he maintained a strong connection with Israel and continued working at the Hebrew University.

Kahneman’s innovative approach to economics earned him international recognition as one of the pioneers of behavioral economics. He collaborated with Vernon Smith on groundbreaking studies that explored judgment and decision-making under uncertainty. His contributions to economic theories were so remarkable that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics despite being a psychologist by training.

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