The Human Illusion of Power

Often as we talk to people as to what they want to do with their lives, the answer is often: “I want to feel like I’ve done something meaningful, make an impact”, “I… Continuar lendo

Optimization Trap

As an Economist,  I constantly analyze things from an optimization perspective.  I identify resources,  they way they have been spent and all the possible ways they could have been spent. But from time… Continuar lendo

The Economics of SimCity

I remember when I was about 14 years old, I was helping out my cousin with his English homework (none of us are native English speakers) and all of the sudden I realized… Continuar lendo

Universal Language…perhaps

PhD – a transição de consumo para produção

Fazer um PhD não é tarefa fácil. Eu nunca me enganei, nunca achei que seria. Afinal de contas, diplomas de doutorado não vem de brinde em uma caixa de sucrilhos. Eu sabia que… Continuar lendo

Sección el Peón Invitado.

Publicado originalmente em Indio de Rey:
When the Social Planner faces Principal-Agent Conflicts  By: Jéssica Dutra [1]  First of all, I would like to thank the opportunity to post here at Indio de Rey!…

Queimava mas não se Consumia….

Por muito tempo na minha vida, eu tive uma dificuldade imensa em responder a pergunta: “De onde você é?” Eu nasci em Belo Horizonte enquanto meus pais ainda viviam em Macaé….de lá para… Continuar lendo


Lembro-me de quando aprendi a ler, e comecei a estudar os textos com minha mãe (que por acaso também era minha professora), discutíamos como há diferentes formas de se contar uma história. Ela… Continuar lendo

If you do it for long enough, You might just get a PhD

Stereotypes and Asymmetric Information Markets

One of the most criticized forms of preconception is indeed the stereotypes. Stereotypes are dangerous and often misleading,  which makes us wonder why do they exist? Where did they come from? When you… Continuar lendo

Ethics and Economics: An infinite game

Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all. Paul Hawken Whenever I tell anyone I am getting my PhD in… Continuar lendo

The boxes in life I have failed to fit

Mark Twain once said “The two most important days in your life are the day ou are born and the day you find out why.” If that truly is the case, we should… Continuar lendo

The wallet experiment

We often think about what is wrong with our country, and we blame our History, the Politics, the presence or absence of Natural Resources. The root is a bit deeper. We blame society… Continuar lendo

Global Christian

It has come again that time of year, where we get together to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Years before, I’d spent some time trying to recover the true meaning… Continuar lendo