Best Prof: Katy Milkman

Katy Milkman at Wharton is one of the world's 40 best business school professors under the age of 40.

Katy Milkman at Wharton is one of the world’s 40 best business school professors under the age of 40.

Katherine (Katy) Milkman

Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management


Age:  28

Institution: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

Hometown:  Washington, DC

Marital Status:  married

Children:  None

Education: Harvard University, PhD, Business and Computer Science

Princeton University, BSE, Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Courses:  Managerial Decision Making

At Wharton Since:  2009

Fun Fact: “As a teenager, I was one of the 150 highest ranked 18-and-under women’s tennis players in the United States and I later went on to play varsity tennis for Princeton University.”

In life, we all make bad choices—many of which are made deliberately. We don’t exercise despite medical research that shows we’ll live longer, we overindulge ourselves on junk food, we under save for retirement, we procrastinate. The list goes on. Professor Katherine Milkman’s research documents various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices. In particular, her work examines what factors lead people to under-save for retirement, exercise too little, eat too much junk food, and watch too many lowbrow films. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review.

Katy Milkman is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40

  • Amir Houshang Samaeizadeh

    Hey Guy
    At first: it was better you introduced yourself, second: do not hide your name and third it is a simple congratualtion for Prof. Katy Milkman as a colleague and not any more.

  • bschoolguy

     Hi Amir,

    I am not sure if you were attempting to be philosophical here but your comment makes absolutely no sense.

  • Charlie

    Building on what Lori says, I attended one of her classes and it is very “cartoonish” in its content. The content focuses cute conclusions and has difficulty relating to the broader managerial experience in practice.

  • I’m very fan of elites who try to find the way from the desert to sea who try to transform knowledge to wealth. Actually this is the music-life which the people must play among the way of world, as I do hope you do not meet any jealous toward your real coup.

  • Congratulations for all your success and I do hope all will be well with you forever.
    I am the Invitee Professor from Iranianian Industries & the Official Sientific Manager at the Teacher Training University of Tehran(TMU),Open Higher Education Center, Business Department who would like to congratulatue you for this “Star Position” which you achieve.
    Whishing you the best balance in your experts & elites…

  • WhartonProspective

    I actually just took this class today during my class visit on a whim and am glad to see that the professor and class made this list. I didn’t realize how young she is because she was great at leading the class and facilitating discussions in the classroom. Just in one class, she covered a lot of interesting topics such as overconfidence, awareness and ethicality and how these influence decision-making. You barely notice it, but she carries notecards of her slides during her lectures which I thought was adorable but understandable. Overall I found the class very engaging and the professor’s research and her results were quite fascinating. I will definitely be taking this class if I matriculate to Wharton.

  • Bruce Vann

    Why do you need a bunch of experience to test an hypothesis?

  • Her academic credentials are stellar, but I hardly think she has lived life long enough to have the depth of experience necessary to test hypotheses and then draw conclusions. Does she even know what ‘bad choices’ are and their effects?