Tag: Peter Ubel

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December 19, 2014

Why Don’t Americans Trust Doctors?

It is an oft recited paradox that Americans like the men or women representing them in Congress, while hating Congress as a whole. In fact, respect for Congress is near all-time lows. In what has to be seen as a … Continue reading
December 18, 2014

Wonderful Review of Critical Decisions in Hastings Center Report

I’m not sure why I didn’t notice this earlier, but I just came across a very gracious, even overly generous, review of my book, Critical Decisions in the leading journal of bioethics, The Hastings Center Report. I thought I would … Continue reading
December 17, 2014

How Healthy Food Could Make You Fat

Have you ever eaten a healthy meal, maybe some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, and found yourself ready for another meal just a short while later? Or, more often couldn’t overcome a hankering for a satisfying dessert to top off … Continue reading
December 16, 2014

Follow-Up on My Stoplight Musings

Recently, I posed some thoughts about why the stoplight warning symbols about to be used for food products in United Kingdom might be misleading. A blogger at BigThink.com picked up on my train of thought. Here is her piece: Color-Coded … Continue reading
December 15, 2014

Is Homo Economicus a Psychopath?

In what academics call neoclassical economics, human beings are largely rational, self-interested decision-makers. This stereotypical human, often referred to as Homo economicus, is a creature of coldly calculated selfishness, dispassionately maximizing its best interests even if that comes at the … Continue reading
December 12, 2014

The Ulysses Strategy

As the University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler tells the story, a group of fellow-graduate students in economics were at his house one night in the late nineteen-seventies, socializing before the dinner hour. Thaler saw how much they were snacking, and … Continue reading
December 10, 2014

Will A “Red Light” Be An Effective Nudge To Stop People From Drinking Coke?

So many foods beckoning us from the grocery store shelves – but which ones are healthy for us to consume? We could study Nutritional Facts labels, but that feels as challenging as the math portion of the SAT, with so … Continue reading
December 9, 2014

Medicaid Expansion is Good for Hospitals

The ever reliable Sarah Kliff recently posted a nice graphic, showing a dramatic decline in the number of hospital visits for which hospitals received little to no money, because the patients have no insurance. But this decline occurred almost exclusively … Continue reading
December 8, 2014

Debates About the Use of Behavioral Economics in India

Here is the start of a great essay exploring the promise of using behavioral economics in India to promote social goals. Thought you might want to see it. In his book ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’, Adam Smith wrote: “How … Continue reading
December 5, 2014

Putting the Sin in Sin Tax

With Thanksgiving behind us, many Americans will not assemble together for a home-cooked meal again for a while. By some estimates, people living in large cities consume the majority of their meals outside the home — at restaurants, coffee shops, bars … Continue reading

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