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Are we really in control of our voting behaviour? A behavioral insight on voting preferences and media influence by Valentina Saponara and Enrico Grassi The upcoming US election has the world holding its breath: soon American citizens will cast their vote and shape the future of one of the most relevant actors on the international […]

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Microcredit: beyond finance and economics, the importance of human behaviors

For more than three decades now, “microloans” have been all the rage in international development. The idea is simple: by giving a small loan to someone living in a poor country, you could help them expand a small business, which would lift their family out of poverty. When they pay back the loan, the money […]

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How behavioural economics matters in dealing with gender discrimination

Talking about gender discrimination in 2019, an era where it looks like women are treated the same as men, may seem unneeded. But how many of us are actually completely gender neutral, especially when it comes to topics like career and family? I’ve recently taken an “Implicit Association Test” (IAT) on this topic and it […]

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Nudging art lovers to contribute to the cultural economy

By Giovanna Mazzeo Ortolani Recent events around the world show the potential damages to non-profit organizations or public institutions which face revenue uncertainties, usually due to funding cuts during economic slowdowns. At the beginning of September, a fire burned down Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, a 200-year-old institution whose collection used to contain, […]

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Do not bite off more than you can chew

By Martina Barjaková Have you ever been on holidays in a 4- or 5-star hotel, with an all inclusive buffet? Do you remember the huge variety (and amounts) of food served there? It was probably very hard to choose from. So it may have happened that you wanted to try a bit of so many […]

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We need to drink more! …Water

By Martina Barjaková Summer has officially started in the northern hemisphere and with it, the eternal problem of people not drinking enough water has become urgent to solve once again. We all know drinking water is important for our bodies. And yet, we often fail to drink enough of it. Not because we do not […]

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Summer holidays are coming (but not for all of us)

By Francesco Amighetti and Beatrice Del Frate   June has come and, for the majority of college and university students, this means free time that can be spent with families and friends, while being on holidays without studying. Nevertheless, some of them who failed or postponed exams may be worried about their upcoming outcomes, while others […]

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I want to save the planet…tomorrow!

By Francesco Amighetti and Beatrice Del Frate The problem of climate change is one of the richest and most complex issues to hit communication channels nowadays: news regarding global warming, overpopulation, melting of glaciers, greenhouse effect, protection of endangered species, desertification, pollution in all its forms are heard on TV, newspapers, and social media on […]

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Nudging can be a child’s play…but it’s not!

  A (funny) reflection on the nature of nudging By Francesco Amighetti and Beatrice Del Frate   Nudge interventions take several forms. Sometimes they can be very sophisticated and relying on long and complex empirical studies, sometimes they can be very nice, funny, and easy to implement. Among the nudges of this second kind, it […]

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“Are You A Voter?”

By Francesco Amighetti and Beatrice Del Frate Few political and social occasions have been needing and taking advantage of behavioural insights as much as the period preceding political elections and the moment of the vote itself. In fact, nowadays, two major problems obstruct the correct and useful functioning of the democratic ritual that voting represents: on […]