Professor Morris Altman

Behavioural Economics and Smart Decision-Making:

Understanding the Individual and the Herd

Sydney & Melbourne: June 2017

How We Make Decisions

Morris Altman will introduce you to behavioural economics, a cutting edge approach to understanding how we make decisions.

Understand conscious and unconscious choice drivers. How and why choices are made and how these choices can be influenced and changed.

Professor Morris Altman: June 2017


Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts

1 & 2 June 2017

  • SUPER SAVER: $650 ends 11 April ’17
  • EARLY: $750 ends 12 May ’17
  • STANDARD: $800 from 13 May ’17
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

8 & 9 June 2017

  • SUPER SAVER: $650 ends 11 April ’17
  • EARLY: $750 ends 12 May ’17
  • STANDARD: $800 from 13 May ’17
  • all prices in A$ & includes GST & admin fee

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Professor Morris Altman

Observing and analysing ordinary human life from multiple angles, Professor Morris Altman is seeking to help explain and predict economic decision-making in the 21st century.

Though chiefly concerned with the ‘what is’ in the world of economics, Professor Morris Altman is also adept at considering the possibilities – ‘what could be’ and ‘what ought to be.’

The celebrated academic explores aspects of both in his research, scrutinising and subsuming socio-economic phenomena.

Training Information


Behavioural Economics takes us well beyond an overly simplistic understanding of decision-making and introduces important non-economic considerations into the standard economic approach, to better understand how and why choices are made and how these choices can be influenced and changed for better or for worse.

For the simple rational model to work we need to make all sorts of extreme assumptions about the decision-maker. We may assume a character who is even less emotional and less socially adept than Star Trek alien character ‘Mr. Spock’ or possibly a super calculating machine with perfect information on everything that’s important to the decisions being made. These assumptions, all too often, result in an impoverished understanding of the decision-making process.

This workshop introduces you to behavioural economics, a much more sophisticated, nuanced, and realistic approach to understanding how we make decisions. You will gain an understanding of why monetary factors, are only part of the decision-making process, and why psychological factors and even social factor are as important and often more significant determinants of choice behavior.

You will also be introduced to ways by which individual choices can be altered by exploring a deeper understanding of how these choices are actually made. It’s very much about how information is framed and a person’s ability to understand and process the decision options available. Equally significant are the availability of quality information and advice, the background of decision-makers, and the community within which a person is situated and connected.


At the end of this training workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of behavioural economics
  • Be familiar with how behavioural economics informs decision-making
  • Capitalize on your knowledge of behavioural economics to improve decision-making
  • Identify how the framing of choice options impact on the choices we make
  • Appreciate of how gender, culture, and community influence our choices
  • Learn how the human brain impacts on our choices
  • Identify critical factors that can improve lifestyle choices
  • Discover some critical pathways to happiness
  • Undercover how decisions can be influenced by nudging, framing, new and improved information, and community
Time Day One Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day One sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am Behavioural economics and how it relates everyday decision-making? Are human’s smart decision-makers?
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Nudging, framing, and decision-making.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Gendered decision-making
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Decisions that can make you happy
4:30pm Day One Close
Time Day Two Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day Two sign-in
9:00am – 10:30am Mental models and decision-making capabilities
10:30 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Neuroplasticity, altruism & fairness and human behaviour.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Emotions, intuitions, and counselling in decision-making.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Behavioural protocols for healthy living.
4:30pm Day Two Close
Morris Altman's Biography

Morris Altman is currently Professor of Behavioral and Institutional Economics at the University of Newcastle as well as Dean and Head of the Newcastle Business School and Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

He earned his PhD in economics from McGill University, Canada, in 1984. A former visiting scholar at Cambridge, Canterbury (N.Z.) Cornell, Duke, Hebrew, Stirling, and Stanford University. Morris has served has journal editor of many leading economic journals and as President of leading economic organizations.

Morris has published in excess of 100 peer reviewed papers and given a multitude academic and professional presentation.

Morris has also published a number of books including Real-World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Handbook of Behavioral Economics and Smart Decision-Making, Rational Decision-Making within the Bounds of Reason and Handbook of Contemporary Behavioral Economics and more recently Behavioral Economics for Dummies.

Morris is currently Dean and Head of the Newcastle Business School and is Professor of Behavioral and Institutional Economics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.


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This workshop should accrue a maximum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

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Real-World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics

Traditional economic theories speculate how and when people should spend money. But consumers don’t always behave as expected and often adopt strategies that might appear unorthodox yet are, at times, more effective than the rule prescribed by conventional wisdom. This groundbreaking text examines the ways in which people make financial decisions, whether it is because they are smart but atypical in their choices  or just irrational decision makers.

A leading authority on behavioral economics, author Morris Altman delves into key concepts in economic psychology, behavioral finance, neuroeconomics, and institutional economics to help inform economic models based on reality, not theory.

Edited by Morris Altman

Other books by Professor Morris Altman

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