Stifled hopes of a better life are fuelling rage and reaction. How do we tackle income inequality?
Once a compelling force, the belief in upward mobility – that people can improve their place in society – is faltering across the world.
The ‘truth’ about ‘bullsh*t’ and why we do it at work
Why people 'bullsh*t' is now a genuine area of study and reveals a lot about our motivations, particularly in the workplace.
Can less punishment lead to less crime?
'Tough on crime' is a favoured approach for many politicians. But what if the way to reduce crime was actually to reduce punishment? This isn't criminology or sociology, it's economic theory. With Professor Yves Zenou.
How mothers impact on the careers of their daughters
A new study finds teenage daughters are influenced by their mothers and the women around them when it comes to their future work choices.
Could an ‘opt-in until you opt-out’ approach work to boost female leaders?
What does it take to get women into leadership positions? Our new podcast series Thought Capital speaks to an academic leader and explores intriguing new research.
Tackling the issue of parental gender bias
A Monash Business School study challenges the common belief that parents in developing countries favour sons over daughters.
Can behavioural economics help stifle our irrational biases?
Every day we make hundreds of decisions that add to economic uncertainty. Can behavioural economists find ways to defeat these irrational biases?
The contagion effect: How bribery and corruption spreads
Bribery is a stubborn scourge in many countries that undermines economies and promulgates inequality. It persists despite the usual response of applying tough sanctions against both the officials who accept bribes and those who offer them. Is bribery “contagious”?
Leaving it to fate: how personality influences wealth
Personality plays more of a role in determining a person's level of wealth at retirement than previously thought.
Charitable giving: What motivates your donation?
Do you believe some groups deserve handouts, but that others should work for it? And how do you decide? The answers to these questions could depend on your motives for donating to charity: Are your motives purely altruistic, or do you do it simply for that “warm inner glow”?
Shared intentions: How and when we learned to collaborate
Shared intentions are part of our everyday life. They range from the banal, such as "we intend to go out to dinner tonight", to those with more far-reaching consequences like "we intend to form an alliance to defeat our common enemy".