Nudging the Nonvoter – Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Voter Turnout

Common sense suggests that being able to participate in an election and to make your voice be heard in a democracy are sufficient reasons to get people to cast their vote. No matter what background, gender or ethnicity you have, the mere act of voting, untied to whom you actually vote for, should be beneficial … Continue reading Nudging the Nonvoter – Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Voter Turnout

The Economics of Identity – how everything is affected by our sense of self

How does identity shape our behavior? Akerlof und Kranton (2000) propose a new concept of utility by incorporating the psychology and sociology of identity into an economic model of behavior. Their utility function represents different social categories and postulates how individuals belonging to these categories should behave. This approach can be applied to nearly any … Continue reading The Economics of Identity – how everything is affected by our sense of self

The effects of telenovelas on the fertility of Brazilian women

One of the most popular telenovelas of the last years in Brazil, AvenidaBrasil, was recently announced to be the most successful Brazilian format to date, with more than 50 million viewers and an international broadcast in more than 100 countries. The final episode was the most watched TV program of the year and total earnings … Continue reading The effects of telenovelas on the fertility of Brazilian women

Determinants Of The Dynamic Changes In Iran’s Fertility Rate

The drivers of fertility rate have been studied in the literature in global, regional and national scale for a long period. A number of previous studies suppose that fertility rate may be affected due to changes in political institutions, female education, income, household expenditures, marriage age, urbanization, globalization, etc. Instead of the approach towards fertility … Continue reading Determinants Of The Dynamic Changes In Iran’s Fertility Rate

Consider Culture – The Importance of Controlling for Culture in Behavioral and Experimental Economics

In this post I argue that leaving culture out of consideration in empirical studies in the fields of Behavioral and Experimental Economics can put the generality of results found at danger. The starting point of my argument is the omitted variable bias. When relevant independent variables are left out in empirical analysis, the results obtained … Continue reading Consider Culture – The Importance of Controlling for Culture in Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Why the Inka King Atawallpa didn´t conquer Spain – Geography or Institutions?

  One of the biggest showdowns of history was the clash of the mighty Inka King Atawallpa and the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro at the 16 of November, 1532. Pizarro was delegated from the Spanish king Karl, which was the most powerful ruler in Europe to that time. Contrary, Atawallpa ruled the geographical largest empire … Continue reading Why the Inka King Atawallpa didn´t conquer Spain – Geography or Institutions?