Five Classic Causes of Unintended Consequences

Five Classic Causes of Unintended Consequences

In this video, Paul talks about Robert Merton's mention of the five causes of unintended consequences, which are error, basic values, short-term vs. long-term interests, ignorance, and the self-defeating prophecy. 
Overview

In the paper he wrote in the 1930's, Robert Merton mentioned the five causes of unintended consequences. The five causes are error, basic values, short-term vs long-term interests, ignorance, and the self-defeating prophecy.

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn about Robert Merton’s five causes of unintended consequences

  • Learn about the different types of error

  • Understand what are basic values

  • Learn the types of Short-term vs Long-term interests

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