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When An Economist Attempts Home Improvements…

May 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment
Decision Making · Econ 101

Protip: Whenever you get the urge to retile a bathroom, go read an Econ 101 chapter on comparative advantage. — Jodi Beggs (@jodiecongirl) May 17, 2015 Dear Econodiary, I’m very sorry to have failed you- I know economists have a lot of good points to make, but sometimes those points are difficult to implement, usually [...]

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An Implicit Tax Hike On Irrationality, Lottery Edition…

December 13th, 2013 · 12 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Decision Making · Fun With Math

Lots of people like saying that playing the lottery is a bad bet- and it is, mathematically speaking. If you ever need to convince someone of this, allow me to suggest the following argument: Let’s say you had the option to put a dollar into a collection along with 9 other people. One of the [...]

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So *This* Is What Happens When People Actually Listen To Economists, Football Edition…

November 15th, 2013 · 4 Comments
Decision Making · Sports

This is a conversation that I had yesterday with a friend: Friend: documentary on ESPN right now that’s all you Me: I only see SportsCenter…what am I missing? Friend: ESPN 2 sorry high school coach agh you just missed it Me: Friend: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9970245/grantland-channel-coach-never-punts found it all you Me: um, I was writing about that 5 [...]

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How Behavioral Economists Put The “Trick” In “Trick Or Treat”…

November 6th, 2013 · 4 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Decision Making

This Halloween, I did what any sane economist would do on this fine day- I drove to New Haven to experiment on trick-or-treaters with Dean Karlan. When I explained this to my students, I mentioned that back when I was little parents were super afraid of people putting razor blades and other unsafe objects into [...]

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So What You’re Saying Is That Crack Smokers Are Better Decision Makers Than I Am…

September 23rd, 2013 · No Comments
Decision Making · Policy

Every year, I teach a course in behavioral economics and am therefore reminded of how many biases I exhibit in my decision making. (In case you’re curious, being aware that an irrationality or bias exists can make the bias go away in some cases but not in others, which implies that I am pretty far [...]

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The Real Reason Economics Is The Dismal Science…

January 25th, 2013 · 20 Comments
Decision Making · Econ 101 · Happiness

Just kidding- this is the real reason that economics is called the dismal science, but just go with me here. Economists are quick to point out that the true cost of something, whether it be a physical good, an activity, etc., is what one has to give up in order to get that thing. This [...]

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Tags: Decision Making · Econ 101 · Happiness