Yes, money can make you happy
A new car or a dream vacation? The science of happiness recommends spending money on experiences rather than things, but it ignores finer distinctions.
The statistics of judicial behavior
How can we learn how political judges' decisions are? By looking at the statistics.
Various forms of paternalism are all around you, and at least some of them aren’t so bad.
When the best thing to do is to settle for good enough
Robert E. Goodin argues for the importance of settling for things. Cass Sunstein argues that behavioral economics can help you to decide when to settle.
SOME ECONOMISTS dislike Christmas. They allege that it “destroys value,” which is, in Econoland, the first and only sin. The economist Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics, goes so far as to contend that the winter holiday season is “an orgy of value destruction.” Waldfogel’s main concern is that the value of gifts to their recipients is typically far lower than the money that was spent on them. He found that of the $65 billion spent on winter holiday gifts in 2009, about 20 percent was wasted, in the sense that the gifts were worth that much less to the recipient than they cost.