Newsletter 212: May 7, 2018

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Monday May 7th

4:15pm to 6:15pm - Columbia University Faculty House
Seminars in Society and Neuroscience - Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich)
What Can Neuroscience Contribute to Economics?

Tuesday May 8th

12:30pm to 1:45 pm - IAB 1027
Macroeconomics Lunch Group - Marios Karabarbounis
Title Not Available 

2:15pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
Industrial Organization Seminar - Maria Polyakova (Stanford)
In-Kind Transfers, Tagging, and Market Power: Evidence from the ACA

4:15pm to 5:45pm - IAB 1101
Money-Macro Workshop - Florin Bilbiie
A Catch-22 for HANK Models: No Puzzles, No Amplification

Seminar of Interest at NYU

Thursday May 10th

4:00pm to 5:00pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Social Psychology Colloquium - Hazel Markus (Stanford)
Title Not Available

Article of the Week
Lonely and non-empathetic people more likely to make unethical shopping decisions
Researchers at the Binghamton University and the University of Iowa recently explored the connection between loneliness, empathy, and unethical consumer choices (for example, purchasing an outfit for a night out and then returning it the following day). In one experiment, participants took a math quiz where they had the opportunity to "cheat" and claim they had solved more problems than they actually had in order to end the quiz early. The researchers found that lonely participants with low levels of empathy cheated more often than lonely participants with higher levels of empathy. They further suggest that encouraging consumers to think empathetically when making shopping decisions could decrease unethical consumer choices. 

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