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Sexual orientation related to preferences for competition

The gender wage gap is one of the most researched empirical facts in labor economics. But it is not only the biological sex that is related to wages. A small but growing empirical evidence documents how individual sexual orientation is … Continue reading

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Don’t doze off… Being tired might make you risky

It is common sense that making important decisions after a night of poor sleep might be a bad idea. Marco Castillo, David L. Dickinson and Ragan Petrie put this notion to an experimental test. In a study published in the … Continue reading

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Pour some sugar in me: Faster, better decisions with glucose

Many factors influence the quality of decision making:  importance, relevance, and even time of day can affect the degree to which we thoughtfully consider a decision. In a new IZA paper, Todd McElroy, David L. Dickinson and Nathan Stroh investigate how … Continue reading

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Should housework be shared more equally between partners?

Women do more housework than men. For most of history this phenomenon went largely unremarked. Housework was what women did, while men supported their families with paid work. However, the role of women has been changing: women’s educational levels are … Continue reading

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The effects of depenalizing cannabis

Policy makers in many countries are thinking about legalizing the possession of small amounts of marihuana. For example, people in Colorado can now buy up to one ounce of cannabis in licensed coffeeshops. This is the first time that a … Continue reading

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Shared joy is double joy: Girls are more generous than boys

Classic economic theory has long pursued the concept of homo economicus, which sees human beings as rational actors who are exclusively motivated by self-interest. More recently, this has been complemented by homo reciprocans, a concept describing cooperatively acting individuals who … Continue reading

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God knows everything: Religious people are less likely to lie for the money

 Honesty plays a very important role in economic life. It affects the productivity of employees who are not constantly monitored by their bosses as well as the willingness to pay taxes. Sometimes people face situations in which being honest is … Continue reading

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