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Prof Esther-Mirjam Sent - Integrating Economics, Policy &
Behavioral Science


In this episode, we engage with Esther-Mirjam Sent, esteemed Professor in Economic Theory and Policy,  and chairwoman of the Dutch Labour Party since 2021. We dive into her journey in economics, exploring its role in public policy, the evolution of economic theories beyond traditional models, and the integration of behavioral science in policymaking. Prof. Sent shares global insights and discusses the importance of understanding human decision-making in shaping effective policies. This episode offers a unique perspective on the intersection of economics, policy, and decision science, illuminated by Prof. Sent's distinguished career and her impactful contributions to the field.

Topics covered

  • Esther Mirjam-Sent's career journey into economics and policy

  • The role of economics in enacting public good and policy

  • The evolution of mainstream economics beyond homo economicus

  • Changes in policymaking influenced by behavioral science

  • The ongoing work in government and the role of the Radboud Decision Center

  • Global trends in policymaking: comparisons with NL, UK, and USA

  • The role of scientists in shaping policy and public opinion

  • The intersection of policy and politics in the scientific realm

  • Understanding human decision-making in policymaking

  • The nature of decision-making models and their diverse impacts

Guest bio

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Esther-Mirjam Sent, 
Professor of Economic Theory and Economic Policy 

Esther-Mirjam Sent is a Professor in Economic Theory and Economic Policy. Her research interests include behavioural economics, experimental economics and economic policy as well as the history and philosophy of economic science and the economy of science. 


Esther-Mirjam Sent has studied and worked in the United States. She obtained her doctorate from Stanford University in 1994, under the guidance of Nobel prize winner Kenneth Arrow. She received the Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Prize 1995 for her doctoral thesis and the Gunnar Myrdal Prize 1999 for her first book. She is also the recipient of several awards for media presence. 


Professor Sent is co-editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics. In addition to her academic position, she is also a member of the Dutch Senate.

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