ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Great Charlie Hebdo Gamble

In publishing the material they did, the editors at Charlie Hebdo either misread the context or were fully aware of the risk they were incurring and felt it was worth taking.

My professional life has involved study of the attitude of individuals towards risk and it is this perspective that I employ to reflect on some aspects of the Charlie Hebdo affair.

My interest in the subject emerged in graduate school when I found it increasingly difficult to reconcile the idealised behaviour described in Western textbooks of economics with the actual behaviour I had observed in south Asia. My conclusion was that context mattered much more than acknowledged, followed very quickly by the realisation that context was not constant.

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