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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – January 9, 2014

Economics of … Seinfeld

Economics of … Seinfeld

Economics plays a role in our everyday lives – and it is played out on TV as well. The website The Economics of Seinfeld lists instances when storylines in the popular 1990s TV show illustrated economics ideas. It includes signaling in an episode called The Apartment and cost-benefit analysis and incentives in an episode called The Baby Shower.

Top TED Talks

Top TED Talks

Psychologist Angela Duckworth has curated a list of four TED Talks about human behaviour – bringing together video insights from leading thinkers including Dan Ariely (on work) and Nobel Prize recipient Daniel Kahneman (on experience versus memory). With the videos running to less than half an hour each, it’s a quick way to get some inspiration for 2014.

Outgoing and going out

Outgoing and going out

Buying experiences (such as travel or concert tickets) are believed to yield more happiness than buying material goods (such as a gadget or new scarf) – but does personality type tend to influence who buys what? Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found extraverts and people who are open to new experiences tend to spend more of their disposable income on experiences.

Happiness

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