Why Behavioral Approaches to Fighting Poverty Are So Controversial Behavioral interventions geared at reducing poverty and inequality are inherently controversial. After all, if the problem is that Group A has a lot more money than Group B, why not give … Continue reading Poverty vs. inequality
The Real Problem With Hypocrisy What, exactly, is the problem with hypocrisy? When someone condemns the behavior of others, why do we find it so objectionable if we learn he engages in the same behavior himself? The answer may seem … Continue reading The dislike of hypocrisy
Why Ethical People Make Unethical Choices Most companies have ethics and compliance policies that get reviewed and signed annually by all employees. “Employees are charged with conducting their business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards,” reads one such … Continue reading The importance of examples
The economist’s guide to gift-giving “There are worlds of money wasted, at this time of year, in getting things that nobody wants, and nobody cares for after they are got.” That was Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1850, reminding us that … Continue reading Is giving gifts socially efficient?
Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless No one would confuse this frigid corner of northern Finland with Silicon Valley. Notched in low pine forests just 100 miles below the Arctic Circle, Oulu seems more likely to achieve dominance at … Continue reading An experiment of social welfare
The Psychology of White-Collar Criminals Two leading executive headhunters once wrote a book called Lessons From the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders that celebrated 50 titans of industry. Readers were encouraged “to learn from and pattern themselves” … Continue reading Lessons from business crimes
Researchers chucked litter on the streets of New York and Bern to see if anyone would intervene To maintain pleasant public spaces requires that we all implicitly agree to certain civil behaviours, like pocketing our chocolate wrappers rather than leaving … Continue reading Social sanctioning in the wild