A new challenge for behavioural economics Many of the best known examples of everyday Behavioural Economics are about health, wealth and wellbeing. Not surprisingly, these three central aspects of our life feature in the subtitle of Thaler and Sunstein’s popular … Continue reading Safeguarding democracy
Why Nothing Works Anymore “No… it’s a magic potty,” my daughter used to lament, age 3 or so, before refusing to use a public restroom stall with an automatic-flush toilet. As a small person, she was accustomed to the infrared … Continue reading Does technology serve human users?
How companies should treat their most enthusiastic customers The hero of Nick Hornby’s novel, “High Fidelity”, cannot get enough of vinyl records. By day Rob Fleming runs a record shop where he spends his time sampling the stock and constructing … Continue reading The super-consumers
Women Do Like to Compete — Against Themselves About 10 years ago, when we were both Ph.D. students at Harvard, we were invited to participate in an unofficial and largely secret wrestling tournament organized by a fellow student. The idea … Continue reading Fostering self-competition
There is no ‘rule of six’ – the truth about the science of queueing Every Saturday at 7am, Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology at University College London, can be found shopping at his local supermarket. “It’s the same sad old … Continue reading Queueing behaviour
Why facts don’t change our minds In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed … Continue reading Reason as an adaptation
Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies Behavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation. A new paper in Conservation Letters helps practitioners tap into … Continue reading Just fish and coconuts