Refugees are violated by personality tests

Refugees are violated by personality tests

For the first time, the number of people in flight exceeded 60 million in 2015, according to the UN: s Refugee Organization UNHCR. According to The Economist, there are now more refugees in the world than during World War II. It’s not just to Europe they are flying. In Thailand, refugees come from Cambodia and Burma, in Colombia they come from Ecuador, in the Dominican Republic they come from Haiti, in Lebanon from the Syrian war, etc.

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What to learn from this year’s Nobel Prize laureate in economics!

What to learn from this year’s Nobel Prize laureate in economics!

This year’s Nobel Prize laureate in Economics is Richard Thaler. Like the majority of former recipients of this award, he is American – and man. He receives the award for ”incorporating psychologically realistic assumptions into economic decision making and exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences and lack of self-control”. He is thus representative of the relatively new area of ​​behavioral economics, emphasizing that the classical economic theory, which relies on the premise that economic decisions are made by completely rational persons with complete information, does not hold. Thaler receives the award because he has shown that the individuals (or company’s) actual decisions are influenced by a number of psychological factors that are not taken into account in classical economic theory.

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Vad vi kan lära av årets Nobelpristagare i ekonomi!

Vad vi kan lära av årets Nobelpristagare i ekonomi!

Årets Nobelpristagare i ekonomi heter Richard Thaler. Liksom majoriteten av tidigare mottagare av detta pris är han amerikan – och man. Han får priset för att ha ”inkorporerat psykologiskt realistiska antaganden i analyser av ekonomiskt beslutsfattande och utforskat konsekvensen av begränsad rationalitet, sociala preferenser och brist på självkontroll”. Han är alltså representant för det relativt nya området beteendeekonomi (behavioral economics) som betonar att den klassiska ekonomiska teorin, som vilar på att ekonomiska beslut görs av fullständigt rationella personer med fullständig information, inte håller. Thaler får priset för att han visat att i individens (eller företagets) faktiska beslut påverkas av ett flertal psykologiska faktorer som den klassiska ekonomiska teorin inte tar i beaktande.

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