Behavioral Economics

The Takeaway

Why Bad Habits Come Back to Bite Us

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new study finds that giving up one bad habit often leads to picking up another. For example, people switching from plastic to reusable grocery bags will start buying more junk food.

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The Takeaway

You Don't Have Ebola. You're Not Going to Get It.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yes, Ebola is scary. But despite the concerns and media coverage, it is still highly unlikely that the average person will be infected with Ebola.

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The Takeaway

Why We Stay When We Know We Should Leave

Monday, May 20, 2013

We’ve all found ourselves in bad situations, and chosen not to get out. On a personal level, those situations might be a bad jobs or unfulfilling relationships. On a bigger level, they might be international conflicts or government cover-ups. But regardless of scope, one question persists: Why is it that we so often stay, and for so long?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Watching What Your Eyes Are Watching

Monday, August 06, 2012

Dr. Michel Wedel, Pepsico Professor of Consumer Science Department of Marketing Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and Scott Young, president of Perception Research Services, will discuss the new retina-tracking technology and marketing strategies being used to boost in-store sales by monitoring what catches customers' attention. They’ll look at how this new technology influences customers’ buying decisions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dan Ariely tells the Truth about Dishonesty

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and he argues that irrational forces often determine whether we behave ethically or not. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dan Ariely on the Distribution of Wealth

Monday, July 04, 2011

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about the study “Building a Better America—One Wealth Quintile at a Time,” conducted together with Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, and what it reveals about Americans’ ideas about the distribution of wealth in this country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moscowitz and veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won, and lost. Their book Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won overturns some of the most cherished truisms of sports—from home-field advantage, to the biased umpires exhibit, to the myth of the "hot hand" in sports.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 99ers

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dan Ariely, behavioral economist at Duke University and author of The Upside of Irrationality, takes a look at the so-called 99ers -- the segment of the population that has been unemployed for over ninety-nine weeks, at which point their unemployment benefits end. What's next for them?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Procrastination

Friday, October 29, 2010

Putting thing off until the last minute is a compulsion many people share. On this week’s Please Explain, Dr. George Ainslie, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and Dr. Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University, tell us what causes us to procrastinate, how it affects productivity, and methods for ending procrastination. Dr. Ferrari is the author of Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done. Dr. Ainslie is the author of Breakdown of Will and Picoeconomics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Irrational Behavior

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dan Ariely uses behavioral economics to explain how human irrationality affects life, business, and public policy. In The Upside of Irrationality, he describes such idiosyncrasies as the IKEA effect and the Baby Jessica effect, and talks about what behavioral patterns can improve how we love, live, work, innovate, manage, and govern. 

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