The radical plan to change how Harvard teaches economics If Harvard has a most famous course, it’s Economics 10. The introductory economics class is reliably one of the most popular courses offered to undergraduates. It’s usually taught in a massive … Continue reading Opportunity insights
Neoliberalism After Behavioral Economics Economics teaches us the importance of getting the prices right. But policy based on economics may not effectively confront the big problems facing society—from racism to inequality to climate change. Does incorporating behavioral insights into economics … Continue reading Is representative agent behavioral?
The (Behavioral) Magic of Tidying Up We’re already heading into March of this new year, 2019, which means we’ve all made new years resolutions and the fresh start effect is driving many of us to make some changes in our … Continue reading How to make the world healthier
Behavioural economics reveals the irrational decision-maker in all of us Humans are pretty complicated creatures — but that hasn’t always been reflected in the influential field of economics. Economic models based on assumptions we are fully emotionless have, however, given … Continue reading Economists are not normal
Tim Harford: Why the world needs to be a lot more messy There are journalists who master economics, and economists who master journalism. But few bridge the gap with quite such fluency as Tim Harford. As the Financial Times’s “Undercover … Continue reading A messy economic book
Behavioral Economics and In-class Exercises I wanted to spend a moment to report on the incredible success I have been having using in-class exercises. Students have been engaging the content more directly, understanding of the immediate subject matter has improved, … Continue reading Behavioral economics in the class
White House releases report on applying behavioral science to government policy The White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), a subgroup of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that has been working to make government more effective, recently … Continue reading Obama’s behavioral policies