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A product’s calorie label is a common form of nudging behavior. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Do people like government ‘nudges’? Study says: Yes

Government initiatives to prod people to make better decisions got a lot of attention after Richard Thaler won a Nobel in economics for his working on nudging.
Office perks like slides down stairs may not be the best way to motivate good behaviour. Scott Beale/Flickr

The science of business decision making: giving out perks doesn’t necessarily lead to results

Business Briefing: the science of business decision making. The Conversation14.3 MB (download)
Research shows paying people more can actually lead to worse decisions. Getting the best results from executives requires understanding our complex motivations
Rapid rise of Australian house prices have created disagreement between economists on whether a housing bubble currently exists. Brian Birdwell/flickr

What economics has to say about housing bubbles

Economists struggle to agree on when and where housing bubbles occur, but bubbles all have similar characterisitics.
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.

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