Category Archives: Ethics

The trouble with tax

(featured image credit: Archives of Ontario CC BY) Taxation affects the economy, because it affects our behaviour. Is that impossible to avoid? Taxes are generally considered to be an inevitability, as the words of Benjamin Franklin, written in 1789, remind … Continue reading

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A new life or an old life?

(featured image credits: Jenny Mealing CC BY and Dr KontogianniIVF) One of the fundamentals of economics is also a fundamental of life. It involves cake and eating. Most people know pretty well what actions are needed to make babies. But … Continue reading

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Technicalities and voluntary morals

(credit: Elliot Brown CC BY) Is what is technically right also morally right? Maybe I should have studied law instead of engineering. One day when I was eight, my best friend and I were chatting in class when we shouldn’t, … Continue reading

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How effective is your altruism?

(featured image credit: Yukiko Matsuoka CC/BY) We cannot escape profound, inevitable trade-offs when it comes to how we use our resources – including when we give them away.  Next time you pay for your groceries at the supermarket, have a look … Continue reading

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(Behavioural) economics through sunglasses

(featured image credit: Jennifer Stahn BY/CC) When you’ve embraced economic thinking, even a summer break from work doesn’t stop you from seeing how profoundly us humans truly are economic beings This summer I have once again been wearing my trusted economics … Continue reading

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Organ donation in da nation

(featured image: Engin_Aykurt) Enough with the nudging already – why not simply pay people to donate their organs? One of my earliest childhood memories is hearing on the radio about an operation performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur … Continue reading

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Inescapable philosophy?

(featured image credit: Thor Edvardsen) Do we need philosophy to fully understand and explain our behaviour? (I am going to make a quick assumption here about your honesty.) How come you never engage in something like shoplifting? Surely doing so is … Continue reading

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