One puzzle that seems to contradict the economic way of thinking is the fact that people give gifts at holidays or on birthdays instead of money. One would expect that people would always rather receive money for two reasons:
1.) Almost all gifts are not exactly what the person wanted, and the receiver could buy something they like better for the same amount of money.
2.) Even if the "perfect" gift was given, the receiver could still have bought that same gift if just given the money.
Therefore, in most cases, money gives the receiver more utility, and at worst, it gives the same utility as a gift.
Question to think about:
Why do people give gifts instead of the equivalent amount of money?
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