Tag Archives: trade-offs

Find your inner economist

(featured image credit: Ulleo) To make good choices, we have to be able to compare apples and pears Perhaps the most fundamental error that people make when discussing, or thinking about, economics is the belief that, confronted with two or … 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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Unwitting mental time accountants

(featured image credit: alles/pixabay) Are we better at making good use of our time than at making good use of our money? What is an hour worth to you? If you are in work, a reasonable approximation would be your … Continue reading

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Signals from the unexpected

(credit: didgeman CC BY) The messages that are sent when expectations and reality are at odds can be revealing and powerful A few weeks ago, three things happened to me on three consecutive days. All three involved choices other people … Continue reading

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The curse of two hands

Is ambidexterity a mixed blessing? When I started blogging almost four years ago, one of my first pieces(*) was entitled “A set of scales has two arms”. It was a reaction to a few instances of one-sided reasoning: the draining … Continue reading

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Nationalization or privatization?

(featured image credit: Krahsman) Do private and public organizations (and their employees) make inherently different trade-offs? Todd Dewey is on his way from Winnipeg, Canada to North Spirit Lake, 500 km to the north east. He is one of the … Continue reading

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The immaterial economy

(featured image credit: torstensimon) The peculiarly human nature of economics On Wednesday 10 January Philip Hammond, the UK’s chancellor of the exchequer, and his cabinet colleague David Davis, the secretary for Exiting the EU, flew to Germany. The aim of their … Continue reading

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