Everyday Economics
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Everyday Economics
Aug. 14 2000 9:30 PMThe Crazy Incentives of the Drug War You think it's designed to discourage drugs? Think again.
May 30 2000 9:00 PMThe Return of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!The readers share their theories on why carts got so big.
March 22 2000 3:00 AMThe Joy of Hedging The case for investing against your heart and with your head. 
Jan. 13 2000 3:30 AMThe Mother-in-Law of InventionThe patent system sucks because it overrewards and underrewards. Here's a way to make the system work better.
Nov. 9 1999 3:30 AMIs Everybody Happy?The cost-benefit analysis of making folks smile.
Sept. 16 1999 3:30 AMToo True To Be GoodThe real reason you can't believe everything you read.
July 14 1999 3:00 PMA-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-nThe economics of deferred gratification.
April 9 1999 3:30 AM My Way to the eBayAn economics professor's strategy for winning online auctions.
Feb. 6 1999 3:30 AMWin, Place, and No!The only truly fair election is the one with one voter.
Dec. 4 1998 3:30 AMEfficient MortalityThe dismal logic of total decline.
Sept. 4 1998 3:30 AMPrivatize the Independent Counsel!Tired of Kenneth Starr wasting your money? Then give him the right incentives.
July 3 1998 3:30 AMTaken to the Cleaners?Nobody can explain why laundries charge less for men's shirts than for women's.
May 8 1998 3:30 AMBooked UpThe difference between buying at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
Feb. 6 1998 3:30 AMUninsured-Motorist FunThe laugh's on you if you're paying a high premium for car insurance.
Nov. 7 1997 3:30 AMBuy a House, Lose Your Job?The surprising connection between homeownership and unemployment.
June 23 2000 9:30 PMThe NFL's Parity Perplex The salary cap is one of the mysteries of the universe
April 27 2000 3:00 AMAttack of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!A few theories on why they got sooooo big.
Feb. 10 2000 3:30 AMI've Got To Admit It's Getting BetterAnd here's a way to measure it.
Dec. 9 1999 3:30 AM Does Crime Pay?Yes, for those who don't wince at the small chance of a big punishment.
Oct. 14 1999 3:30 AM Planning for ObsolescenceNot everything should last forever.
Aug. 12 1999 3:30 AM Grade ExpectationsWhy grade inflation is bad for schools--and what to do about it.
May 5 1999 4:30 AM How Big a Safety Net?The philosopher says we have a moral obligation to create a social safety net. The economist asks, how big, and whom should it cover?
March 5 1999 3:30 AM Sex, Discipline, and Your RefrigeratorThe evolutionary advantages of self-restraint.
Jan. 8 1999 3:30 AM Guilt by AcquisitionShould today's stockholders pay the price of a corporation's past sins?
Nov. 6 1998 3:30 AMParty TricksTwenty dollar bills and campaign finance reform.
Aug. 7 1998 3:30 AMJustice—Priced to SellRemind me, why is it better to let 10 guilty people go free than to convict one innocent person?
June 5 1998 3:30 AMMonopoly ShoppingAs a consumer, would you be better off if Netscape controlled the browser market, or if Microsoft did?
April 10 1998 3:30 AMLet the Rabbi Split the PieTalmudic wisdom applied to bankruptcy.
Dec. 5 1997 3:30 AMTake This Simple Test... And find out how rational you are.
Oct. 10 1997 3:30 AMWealthier Than ThouIs it enough to be rich, or must others be poor?