Sendhil Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan
Alissa Fishbane

Sendhil Mullainathan, a professor of economics at Harvard University, is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition

Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir discusses 'Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much' on NPR's Morning Edition.

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Eldar Shafir interviewed on The Tavis Smiley Show

Eldar Shafir discusses 'Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much' on The Tavis Smiley Show.

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Eldar Shafir interviewed on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

Eldar Shafir discusses 'Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much' on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

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Sendhil Mullainathan interviewed on Marketplace.

Sendhil Mullainathan discusses 'Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much' on Marketplace.

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Eldar Shafir interviewed on The Brian Lehrer Show

Eldar Shafir discusses 'Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much' on The Brian lehrer Show.

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Where are you from?
Tamil Nadu, India; Torrance, California.
 
Who are your favorite writers?
Fiction: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, David Mitchell, Scott Lynch, Raymond Chandler, Raymond Carver.
Nonfiction: Thomas Schelling, Richard Feynman.
 
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
On the writing of this book The Selfish Gene , Tipping Point, and Choice and Consequence
 
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Pulling espresso (lever machines), basketball (76ers),
 
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
“The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.”-Stolen from Stephen Wright.
 
What is your favorite quote?
"When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened." – Churchill
 
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q. What inspired you to write your first book?
 
A. When I was an English major as an undergraduate I ran across the Fitzgerald quote that has stuck with me, “You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” I’m writing this book because I so very badly have something to say…
 
Where do you write?
At home.
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Scarcity

Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
Times Books

A surprising and intriguing examination of how scarcity—and our flawed responses to it—shapes our lives, our society, and our culture Why do successful people...


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