Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Traditionally, economists have based their economic predictions on the assumption that humans are super-rational creatures, using the information we are given efficiently and generally making selfish decisions. Economists also assume that we're doing the very best we can possibly do--not only for today, but over our whole lifetimes too.

The study of behavioral economics is revealing that our lives are not that simple. Instead, our decisions are complicated by our own psychology. Each of us makes mistakes every day. We don't always know what's best for us and, even if we do, we might not have the self-control to deliver on our best intentions. We struggle to stay on diets, to get enough exercise and to manage our money. We misjudge risky situations. We are prone to herding: sometimes peer pressure leads us blindly to copy others around us; other times copying others helps us to learn quickly about new, unfamiliar situations.

This Very Short Introduction explores the reasons why we make irrational decisions; how we decide quickly; why we make mistakes in risky situations; our tendency to procrastination; and how we are affected by social influences, personality, mood and emotions. The implications of understanding the rationale for our own financial behavior are huge. Behavioral economics could help policy-makers to understand the people behind their policies, enabling them to design more effective policies, while at the same time we could find ourselves assaulted by increasingly savvy marketing. Michelle Baddeley concludes by looking forward, to see what the future of behavioral economics holds for us.

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Michelle Baddeley has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class) from the University of Queensland and a Masters/PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. She has held appointments at the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra; Gonville and Caius College and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge; University College London; and the Institute for Choice (University of South Australia). She is currently a Professor in Economics, the UTS Business School's Associate Dean (Research and Development), and the Director of the Centre for Livelihoods and Wellbeing. She is also President of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics and Editor-in-Chief of its Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy. Her other affiliations include Honorary Professor - UCL Institute for Global Prosperity; Adjunct Professor - University of South Australia; Associate Fellow - Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy; and Associate Researcher - Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group.
Product Details ISBN: 9780198754992
ISBN-10: 019875499X
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 1st, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions