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Monthly Archives: December 2010
In January 2011, the UK will experience the joy of a rise in tax on goods and services, the Value Added Tax, or VAT. And don’t all the retailers just know it. “BEAT the VAT!”, scream shop windows. Salesmen shake their … Continue reading
Should you happen upon this blog this December, you may be wondering: how would a rational economist make the best of the festive season? What can I learn from this, and how can I make my life better? Fear not. Here … Continue reading
Famous left-handers include Angelina Jolie, Chewbacca the Wookie, Prince William and Bob Geldof. Notice a pattern? Me neither. Economist Thomas Buser set to find out whether people who are left-handed have different social preferences: for example, are they more or less selfish? Are … Continue reading
The internet must be a bewildering place for content owners. On the one hand, no one seems to want to pay for anything. On the other hand, when given a choice, some people choose to pay more than they need … Continue reading
The gender pay gap: discrimination, culture or women’s preferences? There are so many reasons put forward for the gap’s continued persistence. One possible reason that has been gaining traction is that women may be less competitive compared to men. Are … Continue reading
Prince Philip. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that he isn’t really used to people from other countries. Take a few choice quotes: “Can you tell the difference between them?”, in response to President Obama explaining that he had meetings with … Continue reading