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Yvonne Jamar

Yvonne Jamar is currently finishing up her master degree in Economics. Yvonne has done several committees at Asset|Economics. This year she joined the blog committee and the multimedia committee. She has a special interest in behavioral economics, political economics and current events.

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The Cost of Carnaval

Students of Tilburg will know. It is almost time for carnaval again. Many stores already changed their assortment to green and orange accessories or something festive. At the bars the schedule for carnaval is being made. This sight makes me wonder, is carnaval giving the local economy a big boost?

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Calexit?!?

In the United States a silly idea emerged which is called YesCalifornia. Inspired by the Brexit, they are a group who are actively promoting a Calexit. They are asking for the support of citizens on a referendum which would be held in March 2019 and could enable California to become an independent country. Since the presidential elections in November, this idea has grown quite a lot in popularity. What started out as a silly and sarcastic idea is now growing into a serious suggestion.

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Dating tips from a Behavioral Economist

Still single? Maybe you should use some economic theory to solve your problem. There are many theories on human decision making which can be applied to your dating life.  In the field of behavioral economics there is the well-known phenomenon called the asymmetric dominance effect or the decoy theory.   This theory suggests that when people are confronted with a choice between two options they have a hard time making a decision. However, adding a third option that is inferior but also similar to one of the options makes the first decision much easier. Namely, the option that is similar to the inferior option will be preferred by most people.  This effect is called the decoy effect because the third option will never be chosen and is therefore just a decoy.