Category Archives: Emotions

A more care-less year

Can caring be a bad thing? Caring is a strong motive for quite a big chunk of our behaviour. If we care about something (or somebody), it means we are willing to put energy into it, effort, time and cost. … Continue reading

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Why are we giving gifts?

(Featured image credit: Peter Dutton CC BY) Lifting the veil over a mysterious custom This is the time of the year when it is obligatory for any piece with even the vaguest reference to Christmas, gifts, or economics to mention … Continue reading

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More power to the imagination

(featured image credit: Motihada) In praise of an underrated and underused mental instrument in decision-making There is more to economics than the economy. Much of human interaction is a form of trading: we give something up, and we get something … Continue reading

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How difficult can it be?

(featured image credit: Torbein Rønning CC BY) We all need a little faith, once in a while, when we’re faced with a difficult problem and we don’t know what is the best solution. But it’s best not to use it … Continue reading

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Coloured reality

(image via Youtube/PBS) Is reality, as we see it, anywhere near the mark? Have a look around you, listen (and feel free to use your other senses too). That should give you a good sense of the reality of your … Continue reading

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Choosing and using identities

(featured image credit: Jenny Scott CC BY) Identity is strong, and can trip us up in two ways. Who are you? That’s a pretty existential question. It is quite hard to come up with a quick and concise answer – … Continue reading

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In whose interest?

(featured image credit: gaelx CC BY) The relationship between charitable giving and nudging is an uneasy one Charitable giving is a challenging phenomenon for neoclassical economics. What homo economicus, what rational, self-interested, utility maximizing would willingly give money away? It could … Continue reading

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