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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    Derek Thompson, "Richard Thaler Wins the Nobel in Economics for Killing Homo Economicus"

    The Atlantic - 9 Oct 2017

    The father of behavioral economic has won the Nobel prize for demonstrating that in the real world people don’t behave as they do in classical economics manuals. Every one of us is afflicted by emotion and irrationality, which influences our decision making on everything from retirement savings to health-care policy. Thaler has proved that assuming human beings are predictably irrational is the most rational approach to studying their behavior (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2017

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  • ECONOMICS, Financial Markets

    John Detrixhe, "The next financial crisis is probably around the corner—we just don’t know from where"

    Quartz - 6 Oct 2017

    A report from Deutsche Bank asserts that the next financial crisis will be provoked by the world’s major central banks: how will they unwind their balance sheets of unprecedented size? The fiat money system has encouraged rising budget deficits, higher debts, global imbalances, and more unstable markets, while banking regulations have been loosened, particularly in the US. This leaves the current global economy particularly prone to a cycle of booms and busts (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2017

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  • SOCIETY, Globalization

    Dani Rodrik, "Why nation-states are good"

    AEON Magazine - 2 Oct 2017

    The Harvard professor asserts that the nation-state remains the best foundation for capitalism because it is the only effective actor that can provide the various arrangements that markets rely on: all the regulatory and legitimising institutions like consumer-safety rules, bank regulations, central banks, social insurance and so on.  However, hyperglobalisation and what he calls “elite globalism” now risk destroying nation-states. Quite long (reads in 9-12 min) but very rich!

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2017

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