September 19, 2008

Lucking Out or Level Playing Field?

Active discrimination against women in the workplace accounts for only half of a vicious cycle. The other half is women simply choosing not to compete for leadership positions in order to avoid facing it.

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October 09, 2008

Philanthropist's Guide for Rainy Days

Think hard about what the biggest problems out there are to be solved, and survey the charity landscape for organizations that most effectively address your chosen set of needs.

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January 09, 2009

Stick to the Mission in Tough Times

We need to apply sensible economics in informing giving decisions, especially in tough financial times.

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March 05, 2009

When Corruption Is the Norm

Morgan Stanley's bribery scandal in China is by no means an isolated event.

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March 21, 2008

When Rational Incentives and Three-Strikes Laws Collide

In doing background research on my most recent Slate article, I tried to find political reasons why California set up its three-strikes law in a way that seems crazy to economists.

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April 04, 2008

Is It a Lie or a Rationalization?

Human beings are incredibly good at coming up with rationalizations for doing that which is expedient.

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April 21, 2008

What is Fair? Depends on Your Professor

It’s a sobering message for teachers such as myself: students learn much more than the facts from us.

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April 25, 2008

Economics for Everyone

For better or worse, to grab people’s attention, you need more than interesting economics — it helps to have some drug smugglers, mafia characters, warlords or Sex and the City thrown in.

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May 15, 2008

Putting off Procrastination

When I was asked to write about procrastination, I walked down a flight of stairs to consult Eric Johnson, one of our local experts on such topics.

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