Behavioral Economics Essential Reads

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

Crowding Out Virtue

By Samuel Bowles on July 14, 2016 in The Moral Economy
Monetary rewards are proposed to promote everything from losing weight to reading books. But an experiment with villagers in Colombia shows that incentives can backfire.

Stuart Smalley Was Wrong

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in Loaded
Can affirmations help you avoid over-spending? The right way to affirm yourself for better self-control.

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes With Their Money: Part 1

Are your beliefs about the stock market costing you money?

Do Misspelled Menus Matter?

By William Poundstone on July 12, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Has texting made proper spelling obsolete? A survey shows that spelling and grammar really don't matter on menus.

Does It Matter Whether You Pay With Cash Or A Credit Card?

Research shows that pain of spending affects shopper behavior.

Why Do People Buy Guns? A Behavioral Economics Perspective

Emphasizing the prevalence of guns in America (as gun control advocates often do) might lead people to buy more guns. I use behavioral economics to explain why.

Restructuring Your Money Code

By Michael F. Kay on June 28, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Your money code is what you believe about your financial life. It’s your guide, your foundation and the meaning behind your money

From Freud to Frodo

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Loaded
Money messages surround us. What stories do you believe about money, and how have they affected your life?

What Is Global Mental Health?

The exciting field of Global Mental Health aims to address the shortage of mental health services in low-resource communities around the world.

Do Shoppers Benefit When Stores Use Everyday Low Pricing?

Academic research has found EDLP has pros & cons for stores and shoppers. The cons might outweigh the pros.
R. Douglas Fields

A Neuroscience Perspective on Brexit

By R. Douglas Fields on June 26, 2016 in The New Brain
The “T” trigger in the LIFEMORTS mnemonic of the nine neural circuits of rage in the human brain accounts for the momentous decision of the United Kingdom to exit the EU.

The Political Gender Gap: Do Women Care More About Fairness?

One reason women tend to prefer candidates who seem more committed to economic equality and a strong social safety net may be that women are less overconfident about the future.

Choices Are Based on Feelings Not Value

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
New research explores the relationship between people's feelings and the choices they make.

Do People Everywhere Cheat?

Do people in some countries generally cheat more often than people in other countries? Two international teams of researchers think not.

Are You Sure You Want to Read This?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Consumed
An uncertain world requires simple decision-making processes.

Random Acts of Kindness Can Be Dangerous

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Ambigamy
To maximize your capacity for empathy and compassion, don't automatically move toward charity.
J. Krueger

Cup > Coffee

When a purchase of one item (e.g., coffee) also involves the temporary use of a second item (e.g. a cup), what amount of collateral is fair?

Muhammad Ali and Where Determination Lives in the Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
As our will becomes stronger than our skill our determination to achieve may grow greater still.

Firemen's Revenge

By Samuel Bowles on May 30, 2016 in The Moral Economy
Homo economicus is in retreat, and the intersection of psychology and economics is booming. A great time for science; a monumental challenge for public policy.

Central Planning and U.S Child Psychopharmacology

Is there overcontrol of the prescription of antipsychotics to children and adolescents in the U.S.?

The Border Fence Principle

9% of Americans don't know what country New Mexico is in. Those who are bad at geography are more likely to favor building a border fence.

Women: Want to Make More Money? Have Babies After 30

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Singletons
Waiting just a few years to start your family makes a big difference in income gains or losses. Is there one age that’s better than others?

An Appreciation for Trump and Blue Bicycles

Trump and blue bicycles are an invitation for personal and societal exploration

Too Many Employees Feel the Need to "Cover" Their Identities

By Victor Lipman on May 03, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Data show large numbers of employees conceal their true identities at work. That's not good for the employees - or for productivity.

Want People to Behave Better? Give Them More Privacy

By David Berreby on April 30, 2016 in The Outsourced Mind
Think people are at their best when they know they're being watched? It's not so.

What Does a 'Gold Digger' Deserve?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on April 25, 2016 in So Sue Me
Gold diggers love your wallet more than they love you. And when they have taken enough from you, they leave. Is there a way to stop them from getting away with it?

Exploring the Volunteer's Dilemma

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Why is it so hard for people in a group to provide help in an emergency?