Dr. David Axelrod discusses the roles of mental health and mental wealth in an economy producing the experience of freedom. The "Certainty Principle" and the "Growing-Healing Cycle" are described. The implications of uncertainty and the COVID-19 crisis on economic behavior and optimal policies are considered.
Dr. Axelrod received his Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University in 1990, with the dissertation Three Essays on Latency in Economics and Decision Making. He has taught at Montclair State University as an adjunct professor since 2013. Previously, he worked in finance for twenty years as an economist, consultant and actuarial analyst, including positions with Falcon Management, Volvo Finance, and Crum & Forster. He has also produced research in health economics, and the nature of choice and well-being. Dr. Axelrod provides holonomic consultation and workshops. He plays electric bass and has released over a dozen albums of original music.