Israel Election: Dan Ariely Explains Why 'It's Tempting to Vote for a Liar'

What internet dating and Naftali Bennett share, how a 'strategic' vote is like a pre-cooked meal, and why a Tel Aviv Party would be bad. The renowned behavioral economist weighs in on the dynamics driving Israel's election

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Dan Ariely. 'The fact that people even go out to vote is very disturbing to economists.'
Dan Ariely, this week. 'The fact that people even go out to vote is very disturbing to economists.'Credit: Hadas Parush
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

Hours before Israeli polling stations open for the fourth time in two years, Dan Ariely is convinced that this time too, voters won’t behave rationally.

“Voters are definitely not rational,” says Ariely, a professor at Duke University and one of the world’s leading experts on behavioral economics. “In terms of standard economic theory, there is no rational voter, because rationally he should have stayed at home.

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