The Downside of Gift Giving

During the holiday season, our gift giving might have less value than we expect because recipients engage in preference falsification.

An Economist’s Gift Giving Dilemma

After an economist long ago told us that gift giving adds less to economic activity than the price of the present, a pro-gift giving group disagreed.

What We Might Not Want to Know About Gift Giving

Looking at the numbers from the National Retail Federation, we do not see the value of the unwanted gifts that might be subtracted from holiday spending.

The Gift Giver’s Dilemma

When gifts are worth less to the recipient than the giver, the economy experiences deadweight loss and an “orgy of value destruction.”

Behavioral Economics: The Best Gifts

A gift can be worth much more or less than its price tag. It just depends on whether you are the giver or the receiver. One of the best gifts I have ever gotten was a book of car wash…

Holiday Dilemmas

Can doing good be bad? At food banks, the holiday season brings an avalanche of food from donors when the charity could purchase the food more cheaply and use volunteer time more wisely. As a result, charitable food donations misallocate…

Giving and Getting Gifts

With the holiday season beginning, we should consider the economics of gift giving. Let’s start with University of Pennsylvania Professor Joel Waldfogel who focused on receiving gifts. Then, through Duke’s Dan Ariely, we can look at how to give the…