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Executive pay: we need to think beyond £s

The main political parties have achieved near-consensus that something needs to be done about executive pay. There is an argument that Government has no role in this area, and that private firms, with all their incentives to seek greater profits are … Continue reading

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Bigoted? No, just overconfident and bad at statistics

There are different shades of discrimination. There is active dislike of a particular group of people, and then there is the tendency to make generalisations about individuals based on the (perceived) characteristics of the group you associate them with e.g. of … Continue reading

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Fair pay is good for your heart

It isn’t how much you’re paid. It’s how fair you think your pay is that matters. That might depend on how much other people are paid, or how much effort you have put in, or how well your company is … Continue reading

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All I want is the internet

Sometimes it’s lastminute.com. Sometimes it’s Groupon. Sometimes it’s the hateful Facebook. Sometimes it’s desperately wanting to write a new blog post. The internet explorer button is at the corner of my eye. But I’m at work. I ought to be … Continue reading

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The Prince Philip effect

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

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Another reason to be sporty

As if we needed another one. Do you work in HR or recruitment? Have you noticed an odd pattern recently? Some slightly odd CVs - sometimes they’ll have an odd name, other times include a photo of someone extraordinarily attractive. You … Continue reading

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Sitting pretty

Should you be a chess player, it might be an advantage to be an attractive woman. Why? Because when men play chess with attractive women, they choose riskier strategies that don’t help their performance, according to a new paper, “Beauty … Continue reading

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Sinisterly efficient

Efficiency. How economists love it. If you have microeconomist friend (or perhaps even a macroeconomist), you’ll probably already know about how amazing efficiency is. Efficiency. Economists like efficiency so much, they have three different names to describe three different kinds of exciting … Continue reading

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I should be so lucky (to get a job)

Some further research today on the benefits of being an optimist, courtesy of researchers at Duke and Yale, who followed a group of MBA students searching for jobs. As if it isn’t enough to have a generally sunny disposition, these … Continue reading

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Performance-related pay isn’t performing

Performance-related pay isn’t performing as well as it should. It’s a simple idea – you get paid more when you perform well. Surely it can’t fail to work? Well it arguably contributed to the banking crisis (although that may have … Continue reading

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