Category Archives: politics

A voter’s burden

(featured image: carnagenyc) Voting, like so many things in life, is about the difficult task of weighing up many, often conflicting options. Maybe a (behavioural) economics perspective can help cut through it? On 18 April, Prime Minister Theresa May called a … Continue reading

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The anti-nudge

(Featured image: Publicdomainpictures) Politicians’ love of behavioural insights is quickly forgotten if votes can be bought with populist measures When elections are imminent, talk is cheap, and cheaper still are politicians’ promises. Sure, there is little doubt that British Prime … Continue reading

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The Big Yellow Taxi Fallacy

(featured image: FHG Photo cc2.0) Could there be such a thing as the sunk benefit fallacy alongside the sunk cost one? Wednesday 29 March 2017 was a day of celebration for some, and a day of deep sadness for others. … Continue reading

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A new challenge for behavioural economics

Can behavioural economics play a role in the process of policy-making, as well as in its implementation? (Featured image: Unsplash) Many of the best known examples of everyday Behavioural Economics are about health, wealth and wellbeing. Not surprisingly, these three central … Continue reading

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When a devil’s advocate throws in his wig

(featured image: Sarah-Rose/Flickr cc) Sometimes you need to choose between the quest for wisdom and maintaining sanity David Sipress is a celebrated cartoonist whose work regularly features in the New Yorker. One of his drawings, so old the author cannot even … Continue reading

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A failure to understand

(credit for featured image: Laura Lewis/Flickr) Do people who make trade-offs that are different from ours fail to understand what we know to be true? The polarization that has been characterizing politics in Europe and the US is not only revealing … Continue reading

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Blinded by a halo

Think you’re getting the message? Chances are it’s seriously distorted according to who speaks or writes when you’re listening or reading Could you, in a single glance, determine whether a character in a movie was a “good” one or an … Continue reading

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