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Links this week: It’s from late last year, but this piece on the biological origins of morality is worth reading. A new journal, Economic Anthropology, with the debut issue on greed and excess (and sorry, gated for those without academic access). Diane Coyle points to some older work on wealth and inheritance. She also pointed […] The post A week of links appeared first on Evolving Economics.
I have just read Cass Sunstein’s short collection of essays How to Humble a Wingnut and Other Lessons from Behavioral Economics. It is a decent summary of the behavioural science literature on political bias, although there are few surprises and not a lot of fresh opinion. The one piece new to me concerned the moderation […] The post Humbling wingnuts appeared first on Evolving Economics.
A re-read of The Malay Archipelago reminded me of Alfred Russel Wallace’s occasional bleeding-heart libertarian leanings. From his time in remote Dobo in the Aru Islands of Eastern Indonesia: I daresay there are now near five hundred people in Dobbo of various races, all met in this remote corner of the East, as they express […] The post The magic of commerce appeared first on Evolving Economics.
Edge has a great set of short notes by various authors on how Daniel Kahneman has influenced them. It is worth flicking through them all, but excerpts from my two favourites are below. First, some excellent advice via Jason Zweig: Anyone who has ever collaborated with him tells a version of this story: You go […] The post Ignore the sunk costs appeared first on Evolving Economics.
Again, closer to a month of links: A great set of essays triggered by David Dobbs’s assault on the selfish gene. Tim Harford on big data. His piece on behavioural economics is also worth reading. Take the hype with a grain of salt. The Greg Clark show continues – an interview on Social Science bites, […] The post A week of links appeared first on Evolving Economics.
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