Professor awarded honorary doctorate for contributions to Behavioural Economics

23 November 2016

Professor Nikos Georgantzis

Nikos Georgantzis, Professor of Behavioural Economics in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, at the University of Reading has been recognised as an Honorary Doctor by the Universidad Privada de Ica in Peru for his extensive contributions to Behavioural Economics.

Universidad Privada de Ica presented him with the award in recognition of his "high professional and intellectual qualities, as he is renowned for his valuable contributions to the Economic Sciences."

Nikos said: "I am very honoured and thank the Universidad Privada de Ica for their generosity. An honorary doctorate is presented to those an institution deems as respected and distinguished in their professional area. I'm a humble guy so this is an unusual moment for me."

An economist by profession, Nikos has spoken at several international conferences; but it was his enthusiasm for behavioural economics as an application to the legal system that led to the exploration of his extensive list of published academic research in the economics arena, and ultimately to him being presented with Universidad Privada de Ica's highest distinction.

Commenting on the industry at large, Nikos added: "Behavioural Economics is growing in popularity, even outside of the realms of economics. This is creating interest and momentum for research. It's a good time for behavioural economists!"

Having developed strong links with the Universidad Privada de Ica, Nikos plans to continue his collaboration with them, working in conjunction with their law department to explore how behavioural economics approaches can be applied to understand decision making in law contexts.

Professor Julian Park, Head of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, commented on Nikos' achievements saying: "The award is well deserved and recognises his outstanding contribution in the field."

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