Elke Weber

Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business

Management

Co-Director

Center for the Decision Sciences

BA, Summa cum Laude, York University, Canada, 1980; MA, PhD, Harvard, 1984

Joined CBS in 1999

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Elke Weber

Office
716 Uris

Phone
646-896-9410

E-mail
euw2@columbia.edu

Fax
212-316-9355

Teaching and research interest

Professor Weber works at the intersection of psychology and economics. She is an expert on behavioral models of judgment and decision making under risk and uncertainty. Recently she has been investigating psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decision making and policy. Weber is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, coeditor of Risk Decision & Policy and associate editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She serves on the editorial boards of two other journals, on the executive councils of INFORMS's Decision Analysis Society and the Society for Mathematical Psychology and on an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences on Human Dimensions in Global Change.

Honors and awards

  • 2003 Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division, Best Paper Award
  • 2000 Chazen International Research Prize, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
  • 1999 INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Publication Award
  • 1994 Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Society for Medical Decision Making
  • 1990 1991 James S. Kemper Foundation Research Scholar, Graduate School of Business,
  • 1988 Young Psychologist Award, American Psychological Association,
  • 1986 University of Illinois Instructional Award: "List of Faculty Rated Excellent"
  • 1985 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1980 1984 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 1980 Vanier Award for Academic Excellence, York University
  • Editor?s Choice for ?Highlights of the Recent Literature?
    Hertwig, R., Barron, G., Weber, E. U., & Erev, I. (2004). Decisions from experience and the effect of rare events. Psychological Science, 15, 534-539. (Editor?s Choice for ?Highlights of the Recent Literature? in Science, 305, 452; see http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol305/issue5683/twil.shtml)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (Fellow), American Psychological Society (Fellow), Society for Judgment and Decision Making (Past President), Society for Mathematical Psychology (Past President), Society for Risk Analysis,
  • Society for Medical Decision Making, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Decision Analysis Society (Past Council Member)

Chapters

Doing the Right Thing Willingly: Behavioral Decision Theory and Environmental Policy In The Behavioral Foundations of Policy (2012)
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Decision making under climate uncertainty: The power of understanding judgment and decision processes In Climate change in the Great Lakes region: Decision making under uncertainty (2012)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Sabine Marx

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Agent-based Modeling of a Rental Market for Agricultural Land in the Argentine Pampas In Proceedings of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) (2011)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Federico Bert, G. Podesta, M. Rovere, M. North, A. Menedez, Carlos Laciana

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Risk Perceptions and Risk Attitudes in the U.S. and Europe In The Reality of Precaution: Comparing Approaches to Risk Regulation in the United States and Europe (2010)
Author(s): Elke Weber, J. S. Ancker

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Perception of risk posed by extreme events In Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste (2010)
Author(s): Paul Slovic, Elke Weber

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Decisions under Uncertainty: Psychological, Economic, and Neuroeconomic Explanations of Risk Preference In Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain (2008)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Eric Johnson

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Constructing Preferences From Memory In The Construction of Preference (2006)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Eric Johnson

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The Role of Risk Perception in Risk Management Decisions: Who's Afraid of a Poor Old-Age? In Pension Design and Structure: New Lessons from Behavioral Finance. Part I. Research on Decision-Making Under Uncertainty (2004)
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Journal articles

How warm days increase belief in global warming In Nature Climate Change (2014)
Author(s): Lisa Zaval, Elizabeth Keenan, Eric Johnson, Elke Weber

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Complementary Cognitive Capabilities, Economic Decision-Making, and Aging In Psychology and Aging (2013)
Author(s): Ye Li, M. Baldassi, Eric Johnson, Elke Weber

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Mind-reading in strategic interaction: The impact of perceived similarity on projection and stereotyping In Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2012)
Author(s): Daniel Ames, Elke Weber, Xi Zou

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The Decision Making Individual Differences Inventory and guidelines for the study of individual differences in judgment and decision-making research In Judgment and Decision Making (2011)
Author(s): Kerry Milch, M. J. Handgraaf, Elke Weber

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Effect of Arrangement of Stick Figures on Estimates of Proportion in Risk Graphics In Medical Decision Making (2011)
Author(s): J. S. Ancker, Elke Weber, Rita Kukafka

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Psychology's contributions to understanding and addressing global climate change In American Psychologist (2011)
Author(s): Janet K. Swim, Paul Stern, Thomas Doherty, Susan Clayton, Joseph P. Reser, Elke Weber, Robert Gifford, George S. Howard

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Public Understanding of Climate Change in the United States In American Psychologist (2011)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Paul Stern

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Query Theory: Knowing What We Want by Arguing with Ourselves In Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2011)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Eric Johnson

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Effects of Game-Like Interactive Graphics on Risk Perceptions and Decisions In Medical Decision Making (2010)
Author(s): J. S. Ancker, Elke Weber, Rita Kukafka

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Culture and Judgment and Decision Making: The Constructivist Turn In Perspectives on Psychological Science (2010)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Michael Morris

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On the coefficient of variation as a predictor of risk sensitivity: Behavioral and neural evidence for the relative encoding of outcome variability In Journal of Mathematical Psychology (2010)
Author(s): Elke Weber

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Agent based simulation of recent changes in agricultural systems of the Argentine Pampas In Advances and Applications in Statistical Sciences (2010)
Author(s): G. Podesta, S. Rovere, Xavier Gonzalez, Angel Menendez, F. Toranzo, M. Torrent, M. North, C. Macal, P. Sydelko, Elke Weber

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A Dirty Word or a Dirty World? Attribute Framing, Political Affiliation, and Query Theory In Psychological Science (2010)
Author(s): D. Hardisty, Eric Johnson, Elke Weber

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Decadal climate variability in the Argentine Pampas: regional impacts of plausible climate scenarios on agricultural systems In Climate Research (2010)
Author(s): Guillermo Podestá, Federico Bert, Balaji Rajagopalan, Somkiat Apipattanavis, Carlos Laciana, Elke Weber, William Easterling, Richard Katz, David Letson, Angel Menendez

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Lateral prefronal cortex and self-control in intertemporal choice In Nature Neuroscience (2010)
Author(s): Bernd Figner, Daria Knoch, Eric Johnson, Amy R. Krosch, Sarah H. Lisanby, Ernst Fehr, Elke Weber

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Risk attitude and preference In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science (2010)
Author(s): Elke Weber

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What shapes perceptions of climate change? In Climate Change (2010)
Author(s): Elke Weber

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Mindful Judgment and Decision Making In Annual Review of Psychology (2009)
Author(s): Eric Johnson, Elke Weber

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Value of perfect ENSO phase predictions for agriculture: Evaluating the impact of land tenure and decision objectives In Climatic Change (2009)
Author(s): David Letson, Carlos Laciana, Federico Bert, Elke Weber, Richard Katz, Xavier Gonzalez, Guillermo Podestá

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Asymmetric Discounting in Intertemporal Choice: A Query-Theory Account In Psychological Science (2007)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Eric Johnson, Kerry Milch, Hannah Chang, Jeff Brodscholl, Daniel Goldstein

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"How Do I Choose Thee? Let Me Count the Ways": A Textual Analysis of Similarities and Differences in Modes of Decision Making in the USA and China In Management and Organization Review (2005)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Daniel Ames, Ann-Renée Blais

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Decisions from Experience and the Effect of Rare Events in Risky Choice In Psychological Science (2004)
Author(s): Ralph Hertwig, Greg Barron, Elke Weber, Ido Erev

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It's the Thought That Counts: On Perceiving How Helpers Decide to Lend a Hand In Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2004)
Author(s): Daniel Ames, Francis Flynn, Francis Flynn, Elke Weber

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Beyond a Trait View of Risk-Taking: A Domain-Specific Scale Measuring Risk Perceptions, Expected Benefits, and Perceived-Risk Attitude in German-Speaking Populations In Polish Psychological Bulletin (2004)
Author(s): Joseph Johnson, A. Wilke, Elke Weber

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The Effect of Cost Structure on Consumer Purchase and Payment Intentions In Journal of Public Policy and Marketing (2004)
Author(s): Joseph Nunes, Christopher Hsee, Elke Weber

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Working Papers

Who Takes Risks When and Why: Determinants of Changes in Investor Risk Taking Working paper (2011)
Author(s): M. Weber, Elke Weber, A. Nosic

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A scale for gambling risk propensity that predicts excessive stock trading Working paper (2011)
Author(s): L. Markiewicz, Elke Weber

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Asymmetric Discounting of Gains and Losses: A Query Theory Account Working paper (2011)
Author(s): D. Hardisty, Elke Weber

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Choice processes and their consequences in morally conflicting military decisions Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Amy R. Krosch, Bernd Figner, Elke Weber

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Comparison of web-based vs. in-person cognitive function tests of younger and older adults Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Eric Johnson, S. Nair, S. Czaja

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Framing the future first: Brain mechanisms that increase patience in intertemporal choice Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Bernd Figner, Elke Weber, J. Steffener, Amy R. Krosch, T. Wager, Eric Johnson

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Patient and risky alone, impatient and cautious with others: Are groups the best forum for environmental decision making? Working paper (2011)
Author(s): M. Konnikova, M. J. Handgraaf, Elke Weber

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Querying the group mind: Applying query theory to decisions made by groups Working paper (2011)
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Sadder but not wiser: The myopia of misery Working paper (2011)
Author(s): J. Lerner, Elke Weber, V. Gandhi

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Should seniors be in charge? Decision-making over the lifespan Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Eric Johnson, Elke Weber

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The effects of age and gender on domain-specific risk-taking Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Elke Weber, Jing Qian

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Web-conferencing as a viable method for group decision research Working paper (2011)
Author(s): M. J. Handgraaf, Kerry Milch, P. Schuette, Elke Weber

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Facilitating Pareto-Optimal Coordination by Subsidies in Deterministic and Stochastic Payoff Settings Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Geoffrey Heal, Min Gong, Howard Kunreuther, David Krantz, Elke Weber

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Mind-reading in strategic interaction: The impact of perceived similarity on projection and stereotyping Working paper (2011)
Author(s): Daniel Ames, Elke Weber, Xi Zou

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Objective functions in agricultural decision-making: A comparison of the effects of expected utility, regret-adjusted expected utility, and prospect theory maximization WP-06-01 (2011)
Author(s): Carlos Laciana, Elke Weber, Federico Bert, G. Podesta, Xavier Gonzalez, David Letson

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