Category Archives: Society

Green nudges, clever and not so clever

(featured image credit: Colin Brown Photography) Behavioural science can do its bit in averting severe climate change, but it has to be done well   How will climate change affect you personally? This can be hard to tell. There is … Continue reading

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When in doubt… do something, or do nothing?

(credit: Esa L CC BY) When we’re not sure, our biases guide our choices… but which ones? Imagine you’re the goal keeper of a great football team in a championship final. The game is nearly over and your side is … Continue reading

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Political tradeoffs

Traditional political parties depend on compromise. That is bad news for them in uncompromising times Imagine an election in which a party that did not even exist less than two months before gains one-third of the vote, pushing not only … Continue reading

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(Spending) money makes us happy

(featured image credit: Boris Kasimov CC BY) Maybe our preoccupation with earning money is a bit misguided – and for more than one reason Imagine receiving a bonus of, say, £2,400. Not an insignificant amount – it is close to … Continue reading

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Money talks (but do we understand what it says?)

(featured image credit: Olivier Mabelly CC BY) What the flood of financial support for the rebuilding of the Notre Dame (and the reactions to it) tells us about ourselves Fires at famous landmarks understandably get a great deal of attention. … Continue reading

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Trade-offs, fast and slow

(featured image credit: domeckopol) Our biology determines how we make decisions, but we have a secret weapon Economics and biology are not the most obvious bedfellows. Standard economics has a reputation of assuming agents who have access to all relevant … Continue reading

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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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