Richard Thaler

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Richard Thaler, the father of behavioural finance. Once a niche field, behavioural economics is decidedly mainstream these days. Photograph:  Tannen Maury/EPA

Investors can learn a lot from the work of Richard Thaler, the father of behavioural finance, who was last week awarded a Nobel Prize in economics for(...)

 Richard Thaler: Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has established a Behavioural Economics Unit to implement some of his  ideas. Photograph: University of Chicago/Anne Ryan/Reuters

Most winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics get the award for work so abstruse that few people understand it and it rarely has any effect on public p(...)

US president Donald J Trump waves after speaking  at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, October 13th, 2017. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Saying Donald Trump is mistaken is like saying Wednesday follows Tuesday – everyone knows it to be true. Still, let me say it: Trump is mistaken about(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has had it up to here with Brexit already. Probably.

Corrosive crisis “I am very aware of the corrosive impact on Irish society of homelessness. I am also aware that many people living in the private re(...)

US economist Richard Thaler: his “nudge” economics theory  suggests people can be subtly guided  toward beneficial behaviours without heavy-handed compulsion. Photograph: Reuters

US economist Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize for his contributions in the field of behavioural economics, showing how human traits a(...)

Studies show investors who have experienced low-probability events such as earthquakes are more likely to believe a future market crash is likely

Alarms, sirens, stop signs – the colour red has long been associated with danger and the need for vigilance, and this is also true of the financial wo(...)

Does the “endowment effect” also affect investors? Do we get too attached to the stocks we own?  Photograph: iStock

Behavioural economists have long known that when you own things – your house, your car, your possessions in general – you’re more likely to become att(...)

AIB’s recent initial public offering will have disappointed investors who bought the shares at artificially inflated prices in recent years. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Some investors are cautious; some investors like risk; and some investors are just eejits, with recent trading in AIB just the latest example of how p(...)

Uber  uses insights from behavioural science to influence the  behaviour of drivers. Photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

A recent New York Times article on how Uber is using various insights from behavioural economics to push its drivers to pick up more fares is one of s(...)

“Food is there to be celebrated, not feared”

Part of the problem we all face when it comes to scrutinising our diet is the fact that well-meaning people usually recommend we should do something d(...)

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