Evolving Economics is a blog by Jason Collins of his thoughts on economics, evolution and those areas in between.
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Links this week: “If compulsory voting were to help Democrats at all, it would probably help the bad Democrats. The Democrats would end up running and electing more intolerant, innumerate, hawkish candidates.” The management / bureaucratic speak of World Bank reports. It’s worth clicking through to the full article. Paul Meehl was talking about today’s […]
I often complain that behavioural economics (behavioural science) often appears to be no more than a loosely connected set of heuristics and biases, crying out for theoretical unification. Evolutionary biology is likely the source of that unification. Over the last few years, I’ve spotted the occasional attempt to analyse a bias through an evolutionary lens. But […]
I spotted this in a tweet from Abe List yesterday, and love the idea. The original source is a speech by Michael Crichton (which is worth reading in itself). Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I refer […]
Links this week: Psychological research sucks. Are humans getting cleverer? Why the $10,000 Apple Watch is a good thing, especially for people who can’t afford it. [O]ur findings suggest that correlations observed in affluent, developed countries between (i) wealth and health or (ii) parental income and children’s outcomes do not reflect a causal effect of […]
Links this week: A review of Baumeister and Tierney’s Willpower by Scott Alexander (I don’t buy the comparison between exercise, money and willpower – this comment sums up my view). When we act as though all opinions are equal. Some evidence on whether we should be inducing the best and brightest into teaching. (HT: Arnold […]
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