Articles on behavioural economics

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Stories can have a profound effect on our behaviour. Shutterstock

How storytelling drives finance and economics

History shows us that narratives play an important role in market behaviour. But new research shows that all it takes is a simple story that matches our preconceived notions.
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How to start nudging people to drink less alcohol

Excessive drinkers are more likely to seek help when their drinking habits are compared with their peers than when they are simply given the guidelines.
Love between countries is more important than strong legal agreements. Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com

Why soft climate deals are better than tough ones

The Paris climate deal has been criticised for not being strong enough. But behavioural economics studies show weak deals can work out better in the long run.
Is the right to pursue happiness equally available to all Americans? Josh Hallett

The fragile American Dream: insights from the economics of happiness

Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…

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