Thursday, July 10, 2014
It isn’t easy to separate the guilty from the innocent, but a clever bit of game theory can help.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Dubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club.
Friday, June 20, 2014
To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether. Research shows that African-American servers earn smaller tips than white servers, so there’s an argument to be made that the practice is discriminatory.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
If you want to get rid of a nasty invasive pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty. But as we’ll hear in this episode of Freakonomics Radio, bounties can backfire. We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Hanoi, and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia. In each case, bounty seekers came up with creative ways to maximize their payoff – and pest populations grew. Host Stephen Dubner talks to Steve Levitt about how incentives don’t always work out the way you’d expect.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
This episode of Freakonomics Radio explores our surprising propensity for spite. We discover the gruesome etymology of the phrase “cut off your nose to spite your face” (it involves medieval nuns). Host Stephen Dubner talks to economist Benedikt Herrmann about “money-burning” lab experiments, in which people often choose to surrender some of their own cash in order to take money away from other participants.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: “Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?” But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon.