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Faculty and Executive Leadership Directory

Barry Schwartz

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Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1971

M.A. in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1969

B.S., New York University, 1968


Positions Held

At Haas since 2016

2016 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business

Spring 2014, Visiting Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University

1994 – present, Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, Swarthmore College

  • Chair, Department of Psychology, 2012-13
  • Associate Provost, 1996-1999
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, 1995-1996

1983 – 1994, Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College

1984 – 1985, Professor of Psychology (Resigned Post), University of Pennsylvania

1978 – 1983, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

1976 – 1983, Associate Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College

  • Department Chair 1979-1986

1971 – 1976, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College

Current Research and Interests

  • Work satisfaction
  • Choice
  • Practical wisdom
  • Relation between economics and psychology
  • Decision making

Selected Papers and Publications

  • What does it mean to be a rational decision maker?  Journal of Marketing Behavior, 1, 113-146.
  • Multiple types of motives don’t multiply the motivation of West Point cadets.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 10990-10995 [On line June 30]. (With Amy Wrzesniewski, Xiangyu Cong, Michael Kane, Audrey Omar, and Thomas Kolditz).
  • Too much of a good thing: The challenge and opportunity of the inverted-U.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 61-76. (with A. M. Grant).
  • Maximizing versus satisficing: Happiness is a matter of choice.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 1178-1197. (With A. Ward, J. Monterosso, S. Lyubomirsky, K. White, & D.R. Lehman).
  • Books
    The Battle for Human Nature (1986)
    The Costs of Living (1994)
    The Paradox of Choice (2004)
    Practical Wisdom (2010)
    Why We Work (2015)


  • Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making
  • Practical Wisdom
  • Psychology of Happiness
  • Work, Wisdom, and Happiness

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