The Behavioural Economist’s Guide to Winning at Valentine’s Day

By Dr Sheheryar Banuri

So it has come to this… Two days to go and you are worried about your Valentine’s Day plans.  You’re not quite certain what you need to plan, and how seriously you need to treat this day.  After all, it is not a holiday, and you might have only been out with your partner on number of dates (where ∈ R).  Should you do anything? How much should you spend (in terms of time, effort, money, or any combination thereof)? Continue reading “The Behavioural Economist’s Guide to Winning at Valentine’s Day”

Catalonia versus Spain: playing the game without communication

By Dr Jack Fosten

The dust has far from settled after a week in Catalonia which has sent shockwaves around the world. Events began on Sunday 1st October (termed “1-O” by the Catalans) with a banned referendum brought about by the separatist-leaning Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in defiance of orders from the Spanish government. Rather than permitting the vote to proceed peacefully in the same way as a similar referendum held in November 2014, the strategy of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government was to use police force to shut down the referendum and prevent Catalans from voting. What followed were ugly scenes, beamed across the globe, with heavy-handed police beatings dealt out to civilians in order to block off polling stations and remove ballot boxes.

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Money talks, Neymar walks: The Crazy World of Football Transfers

By Dr Pete Dawson

The Brazilian football Neymar has been transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a world record fee of £200m (€222m).  It has also been reported that he will earn £782,000 (€865,000) a week.  The five year deal will mean PSG will have shelled out close to £400m.  These are extraordinary sums of money – even for football.

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