Lubaba Mahjabin Prima
The case of Sara, the braveheart who fought against her family in order to end her forced child marriage, is inspiring to girls all over the country. Her family forced her to marry someone much older than her. But with the help of her friends and some activists, she was able to end that marriage. There is no doubt that this case has to be thoroughly investigated and the family should be brought under law. But one excuse given by her family sheds light on an otherwise ignored dynamic of child marriage. They said they were receiving multiple threats and hence were scared for her safety. While this might have been their way to escape legal proceedings, this case presents a critical puzzle, a scenario more common in rural areas. In a society where women are unsafe and feel scared to get out of their homes, are child and forced marriages the inevitable result?
Shadman Saquib Rahman
Why do we struggle with procrastination, meeting deadlines or buying things that we don't need? Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, is a book written by Dan Ariely about the countless systematic behavioural quirks we all (including the author) have which subconsciously causes us to repeat the same mistakes. By describing the numerous insightful experiments he had conducted regarding human behaviour and decision-making and explaining its implications on our daily lives through fascinating anecdotes, the author hopes that we can learn from our systematic mistakes and be less ‘predictably irrational’.
Nudge: Why Economics Students Should Read This Book That Is Still Influential After More Than A Decade of Being Published
Zakia Sameen Noor
Two years ago, for our finance course, we had to do a group presentation on ‘nudge economics’. This was when I first read the book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness”. I was fascinated by the psychological insights and their real-life economic applications, especially how a nudge could bring positive results with extraordinarily little effort. This led me to explore the systemic flaws in thinking that affect our everyday decision-making, which we are unaware of. That’s unfortunate because becoming aware of our biases can help us make better informed decisions. Thus, reading the book “Nudge” became my gateway to the world of behavioral economics.
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