Richard Thaler gets Nobel Prize in Economics 2017 for work on behavioural economics

Highlights: 

  • US economist Richard Thaler won the Nobel Economics Prize for his pioneering work bridging the gap between economics and psychology.
  • His empirical findings and theoretical insights have been instrumental in creating the new and rapidly expanding field of behavioural economics, which has had a profound impact on many areas of economic research and policy.
  • The 72-year-old takes home a nine million kronor (944,000 euros, USD 1.1 million) prize sum.
  • He is a professor at the University of Chicago -- a school popular with the Nobel economics committee.
  • Of 79 laureates so far, more than a third have been affiliated with the university`s school of economics.
  • Thaler made a cameo appearance in the 2015 movie "The Big Short" about the credit and housing bubble collapse that led to the 2008 global financial crisis.
  • Last year, the award went to British-American economist Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland for their research on contract theory, which has helped design insurance policies and executive pay.
  • The economics prize is unique among the Nobel awards in that it was created by the Swedish central bank in 1968 while the others were all set up through the 1895 will of Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel.