Archive for August 19th, 2014

Is Real Business Cycle Theory really a theory of business cycle?

August 19, 2014

Gradually, skeletons are falling off the economists cupboard. if this continues we shall be able to soon say that the economist emperor is indeed naked. That is a different story that the emperor will continue to charm the people as there is no alternative really.

Noah Smith explains RBC in this piece and is interesting (scary actually) to read all this:

(more…)

Advertisements

Nudging to drive safely…

August 19, 2014

A superb summary by Katia Moskvitch of BBC on  how various nudges are being deployed to reduce road accidents and drive safely. And this too across many parts of the world. Hat Tip to Tyler Cowen.

Though, the lessons are not as easy to learn. One needs to be careful and not overdo the budges. The human mind gets used to it and starts ignoring them (we are predictably irrational always looking for short cuts and high speed):

(more…)

A research agenda for behavioral economics – modelling family first in economic decisions

August 19, 2014

An interesting article in BS. The author says in developing societies “family first” remains a key economic decision. Most businesses continue to put families first when it comes to passing on power to next generation. He says behavioral economists should try and look at this issue.

(more…)


%d bloggers like this: