Does It Matter That Men Boast?

Our Monday Gender Issue: Teaching at a girls’ school, I continually run into the problem of modesty. My women know the answers and yet go to the board saying they might not be right. Now, an academic study from researchers…

Confirmation Bias: Economic Thinkers

I have been having fun with an economics quiz. All you have to do is answer at least 20 questions out of 100 to identify the economist whose ideas are most similar to yours. (All links are below.) But first,…

Confirmation Bias: A McDonald’s Wage Hike

After telling us that the price of a Big Mac would minimally rise if McDonald’s doubled its wages, The Huffington Post redacted its article. The Huffington Post story that first appeared on July 29 included these paragraphs: “McDonald’s can afford to pay its…

Confirmation Bias: How Might Basketball Provide Economic Insight?

Although fans think a basketball player can have “hot hands,” psychologists disagree. We might just be displaying our tendency to select facts that support what we already believe–our confirmation bias. Citing the “hot-hand phenomenon,” many basketball fans believe that players…

Blame, Bias and Belief

Having just begun The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, I wanted to share a wonderful excerpt. While this student is commenting on the origins of the First World War, his comments take us far beyond. “Indeed, isn’t the whole…

A Clunker Stimulus?

It would be so nice if we could say, “Yes, the 2009 stimulus was a good idea,” or “No, it was not.” Instead, the debate continues. Discussing his new book, journalist Michael Grabell tells us that we are unnecessarily dividing…