Competition: It’s No Game

The idea of competition is so fundamental that we often take it for granted as a natural good. Nearly every aspect of our lives involves competition: we compete in school, we compete for jobs, we compete at work, we compete socially, we compete in games and sports for fun, and when we are not competing ourselves we spend much of our time enjoying watching others compete. But our obsession with competition has several potential complications. A world divided into winners and losers, for example, is an inherently inequitable world – and there will always be far more “losers” than “winners”.

Competition related to education

The article written by Bonte, Lombardo, & Urbig (2017), entitled “Economics Meets Psychology,” focuses on the relationship between the psychological…