Behavioral Economics

The intersection of psychology and economics, behavioral economics looks at human tendencies that involve biology and culture when predicting and explaining economic decision-making.

The Price We Pay For a Costly Comma and an Absent Apostrophe

When we use poor punctuation, a misplaced comma or a missing apostrophe can create a costly mistaken message.

When Carbon is Like a Calorie

By looking at the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s calorie label mandate, we can guess how much Google’s emission facts will influence us.

Social Media’s Hidden Cost

Ranging from individuals to the entire economy, the cost of social media generally and of Facebook specifically ripples in many directions.

Where We Are Sure of Economic Uncertainty

Based on newspapers, stock markets, businesses, and households, economic policy uncertainty metrics can explain the pandemic impact.

How the ATM’s Twenty Dollar Bills Affect Us

The Atlanta Fed looked at how we spend our twenty dollar bills to see the ATM’s impact on whether we use cash or debit or credit.

How the Risks of Investing and Covid Are Similar

Just when we think we have a safe approach to Investing and Covid, our risky behavior increases, thereby making us more vulnerable.

Why Your Stock Ticker Symbol Matters

Much more than a name for trading stock, clever stock ticker symbols can affect how investors feel about companies.

August 2021 Friday’s e-links: Some Economic Psychology

Our August e-links begin with some insight from Daniel Kahneman, the first (and only) psychologist to win the economics Nobel award.

The Tax That Made Us Healthier

By increasing cigarette taxes, states provided an example that extends beyond smoking of how a higher cost leads to healthier habits.

When More Is Less at the Supermarket

When supermarkets carry fewer products, they lose the benefit of more variety but also minimize the cost of creating too many decisions.