Behavioral Economics

Behavioral economics is a branch of economics that seeks to understand the psychological patterns that underlie economic behavior. Though we often say that people are “rational actors” and are likely to behave in certain ways under certain economic conditions, behavioral economics explains this rationality. It places it in a cultural, psychological, and social context. It also aims to resolve the inconsistencies between traditional economic laws and actual human behavior. As such, it extends beyond traditional economics to borrow from fields such as psychology and neuroscience. This field allows economists to predict market trends more accurately, describe phenomena, and determine the accuracy of economic models.

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Behavioral Economics
Adverse Selection

Sometimes known as “anti-selection,” Adverse selection describes circumstances in which either buyers or sellers use information that the other group does not have, specifically about risk factors related to a particular business undertaking/transaction.

Prateek Agarwal
March 24, 2020
Behavioral Economics
Opportunity Cost

Opportunity cost is the positive opportunities missed out on by choosing a particular alternative (the next-best option). In other words, it’s what you don’t get to do when you make a choice.

Prateek Agarwal
January 12, 2020
Behavioral Economics
Availability Bias

Availability bias describes the way in which human beings are biased toward judging events’ likelihood/frequency based on how easily their minds can conjure up examples of the event occurring in the past.

Prateek Agarwal
July 29, 2019
Behavioral Economics
Time Inconsistency

The concept of time inconsistency can help us understand why some people procrastinate at work until the last minute, why we often buy gym memberships and don’t end up going, and much more.

Guest Author
August 15, 2018
Behavioral Economics
Decisions Involving Uncertainty

Decision-making under uncertainty is a complex topic because all decisions are made with some degree of uncertainty.

Guest Author
July 02, 2018
Behavioral Economics
Reference Dependent Preferences

Reference dependent preferences are those that depend on comparisons to reference points (often the current state (the status quo), past states, expectations about future states, or social comparisons).

Guest Author
May 29, 2018
Behavioral Economics
Biased Beliefs

Biased beliefs are consistent and predictable differences between actions and consequences. Models have been created to understand these systematic differences and attempt to predict the actions of agents with biased beliefs.

Guest Author
April 23, 2018
Behavioral Economics
Behavioral Economics

Behavioral economics is a field of economics that attempts to understand why people behave ‘unexpectedly’ in contrast to the traditional economic theory of the rational individual.

Guest Author
March 21, 2018