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Behavioral Economics approach to passing gun legislation

Credit: Dan Ariely, Kristen Berman Why, a year after Sandy Hook, is there no gun legislation? Let’s look at what happened. On Dec 14th there was a tremendous outpour of support and emotion from the US. The country was horrified. It was the second saddest day on twitter. The following month, January 16th, Obama gives…

Ask Ariely: On Airborne Electronics, a Mistaken Masseuse, and Friends who Post Bail

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, Delta Air Lines recently announced plans to start distributing thousands of Microsoft Surface 2 tablets to its pilots to…

Why Soul Cycle has Swept the Celeb (and normal people) world

When we start a renewed push to workout more, usually we also become good at creating  creative excuses to avoid the pain.  We create feasible rationalizations about the amount of work we have on our to-do list. We give a nod to our past good behavior as the reason why we don’t have to go…

Thanks for Giving

Just in time for the holiday season, here are some words on giving.

Ask Ariely: On Pointless Gaming, Topics and Teachers, and Getting Over It

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I waste about two hours each day playing stupid games on my iPhone. It feels so innocent, but it…

The best way to understand loss aversion…at any age

Many economists explain loss aversion by asking you how you would feel if you found $100 on the street vs if someone came up to you and (non violently) took $100 from your wallet. The emotional impact of losing $100 has been proven to be twice as strong as the feeling we experience when gaining…

Are you lazy?

    Well done friend. You’re not lazy. You clicked a button. Believe it or not (and we hope you do) sometimes just having one extra step in the way prevents people from taking an action. From an outsider perspective, this can seem almost laughably funny at times.  How could the addition of  a one…

Is today a good day to solve global warming?

Maya is an environmentalist. She became a vegetarian at age 12. She composts. She buys organically. But the thing she is most proud of is reducing her energy bill. When you ask Maya how she was able to do this, Maya will tell you: her two kids. She bet her two pre-teens that if they…

Ask Ariely: On Feeling Gypped, Dishing out for Wine, and Dressing Down

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I am the president of a local union that represents many federal workers. We are dealing with an interesting…

Help me name this documentary!

I have been working on a documentary about cheating with Salty Features for a while now, and I am looking for the best title for the film. And who better to ask than you? If you’d like to help me name this documentary, please take the survey here. It should only take you about 2…

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