Hidden features: The Tools that Firms Use to Manipulate Consumers on Digital Platforms and Beyond

An article published by the New York Times 4 years ago showed how Uber used psychological manipulations to influence drivers' behaviour 1. To incentivize drivers to work longer hours, Uber takes advantage of people's obsession with "goal pursuit" by letting them know how close they are to hitting their earning goal when they try to … Continue reading Hidden features: The Tools that Firms Use to Manipulate Consumers on Digital Platforms and Beyond

Environmental policies in response to global crises

As the world is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, governments have to undertake new policies to help the global economy to recover. In addition, global warming remains an essential issue in today’s world, and an urgent shift to sustainable resources is needed. In light of this concern, many countries are interested in combining policies to make … Continue reading Environmental policies in response to global crises

Perspectives on discounting and the long-term future

Imagine that around the year 0, some nice guy who really cared about saving lives was born. If you like, you can call this guy Jesus just for the heck of it; if not, replace him with some benevolent stranger living at the same time. Suppose this fine man (or woman), after the hardships of … Continue reading Perspectives on discounting and the long-term future

Can video games help us predict the evolution of pandemics?

With the outbreak of Covid-19, a 15 years old event surfaced; the World of Warcraft (WOW) pandemic. At the time, discussions appeared about how online video games could be revolutionary tools to predict the evolution of outbreaks. The current events make these discussions more newsworthy than ever.  The corrupted blood epidemy In 2005, this massively … Continue reading Can video games help us predict the evolution of pandemics?

Out of school, excluded from a human right

In Article 26.1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education, education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. (…)”. (United Nations, 1948). It has been stated that it should not only be a right but also, to a certain … Continue reading Out of school, excluded from a human right