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The knowledge economy

Posted on June 26, 2017

Definition of knowledge economy The sector of the economy which is increasingly based on knowledge-intensive activities, creating a greater reliance on intellectual capital rather than physical inputs. The OECD state the knowledge economy is associated with: High-tech manufacturing (computer, electronics, aerospace), Service sector industries, such as education  health care and software design Business services such …


Is it rational to put money in an honesty box?

Posted on June 23, 2017

Following on from yesterday’s post. Is it rational to pay £1 for a bottle of water? This photo was taken at Stanstead Airport. You could easily take a bottle without paying. No-one would notice at all. It’s not even clear it would be a crime. Therefore, is it rational to pay? One logic is to …


Rational economic man – Homo Economicus

Posted on June 22, 2017

Homo Economicus is a hypothetical concept that humans are: Self-interested Know what they want Make rational choices to maximise their utility. These choices are based on concept of marginal utility. This concept of a rational economic man is an important cornerstone of neo-classical economic theory. It creates a framework to model how consumers and firms …