Economists are arguing over how their profession messed up during the Great Recession. This is what happened. Over the past two weeks, academic economists (and a couple of bystanders) have been arguing about why economics wasn’t able to guide policy … Continue reading When economists disagree
How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care Consider the following. I’m a physician at the end of more than a decade of training. I’ve dissected cadavers in anatomy lab. I’ve pored over tomes on the physiology of disease. I’ve … Continue reading A healthy nudge
Uber Shows How Not to Apply Behavioral Economics A recent New York Times article on how Uber is using various insights from behavioral economics to push, or nudge, its drivers to pick up more fares — sometimes with little benefit … Continue reading More on Uber
The Despair of Learning that Experience No Longer Matters Of all the accounts of the plight of the white working class that appeared during the 2016 election, the work of the married Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton seemed … Continue reading The deaths of despair
Why a cooperative work culture can be bad for star performers Wouldn’t it be nice to work in an environment focused on cooperation and solidarity, one that put the needs of the many above those of the few? Sounds great … Continue reading Collaborative discussion vs. spirited debate
Utilizing AI for Personalization of Websites & Digital Experiences In the innovation race today, brands are looking to incorporate new technologies – artificial intelligence, user interfaces, big data analysis and advanced merchandising – to create personalized web experiences for their … Continue reading Can a site capture attention?
Enter the Ambition Fatigue “Fuck ambition.” That’s Elisa Albert, the novelist and short story writer and editor; the line might have been muttered, though, by many of the women who are making their way through the present American moment. Ambition, … Continue reading Ambitious women