Especially afterthe North Sea region took over the role of the leading economic centre of Europe from the Mediterranean, which prior to this date, particularly in northern Italy, had been the most highly developed part of Europe. Great Britain, together with the Low Countries, profited more in the long run from the expansion of trade in the Atlantic and Asia than the pioneers of this trade, Spain and Portugal, fundamentally because of the success of the mainly privately owned enterprises in these two Northern countries in contrast to the arguably less successful state-owned economic systems in Iberia.
We are not irrational: By most accounts and my own reading of many of his published works and his memoir, MisbehavingThaler is also quite a nice guy — and rather un-arrogant. A refreshing contrast from most economists. But is he deserving of the Nobel? The main criticism of the work of Thaler and of other behavioral economists is that its conclusions are plainly obvious, if not to economists blinded to reality, then to generations of psychologists, marketers and hucksters.
And very true, such work would probably not be quite as agreeable to the Nobel committee for awards in physics, chemistry or medicine.
In helping to introduce psychology into economics, and in shepherding behavioral economics from its backwater infancy to mainstream acceptance and political prominence, Thaler has done more to influence the field of economics than perhaps any other academic economist in the past few decades.
A lifetime achievement award as it is. Obvious or not, the key insight of behavioral economics is that we the people, do not behave the way economists and their models thought we did.
Or think we should. In a nutshell, we do not always make decisions that maximize our wealth. And by showing evidence of this fact time and time again using simple experiments, questionnaires and financial data, a Noble Prize was won. I have no problem with that. But I do have a problem, and the problem is this.
Rationality and utility Now we must get slightly technical. What exactly does it mean for an individual to behave rationally? So, rationality does NOT imply a decision that winds up resulting in a good outcome. It solely implies that my intent in making a decision was in my best interests given available information.
And here is where we will really begin to deviate from the economic mainstream. Now I must be less precise because nobody, neither philosophers nor economists, have agreed upon what exactly constitutes utility.
Some say it is a measure of happiness or pleasure. Some punt and just say, it is whatever it is that I maximize. I think we can shed a bit more light. These include, first, basic life necessities such as water, food and good health. Given that humans are social animals with strong incentives to reproduceour utility is also made up of social desires such as love, friendship, companionship, sex and status status is something to which we will very importantly return again and again.
At any given moment of time or least when we are consciouseach of us have some level of utility. The components of utility will clearly vary from person to person and within a given person, from moment to moment. Even though utility is not necessarily quantifiable, each of us are capable of judging or estimating whether a given action will likely result in greater or lesser utility to us.
So two final but crucial wrinkles that we need to discuss. And lastly, note that we weight future utility by the likelihood of the events occurring that would result in that level of quantity of utility.1: I think you have a point here that SF has difficulty reaching its ultimate potential, falling short in the execution by lack of vision, by its difficulty, and just being satisfied with "Enough".
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About the authors. Terence Hogarth is based at the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at Warwick timberdesignmag.com has around 30 years' experience researching UK and EU labour and training markets.
His recent work has concentrated on the operation of apprenticeship systems, and the measurement and assessment of skill mismatches in the UK and in the EU.