The Crazy Incentives of the Drug War You think it's designed to discourage drugs? Think again.
The Return of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!The readers share their theories on why carts got so big.
The Joy of Hedging The case for investing against your heart and with your head.
The Mother-in-Law of InventionThe patent system sucks because it overrewards and underrewards. Here's a way to make the system work better.
Is Everybody Happy?The cost-benefit analysis of making folks smile.
Too True To Be GoodThe real reason you can't believe everything you read.
A-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-nThe economics of deferred gratification.
My Way to the eBayAn economics professor's strategy for winning online auctions.
Win, Place, and No!The only truly fair election is the one with one voter.
Efficient MortalityThe dismal logic of total decline.
Privatize the Independent Counsel!Tired of Kenneth Starr wasting your money? Then give him the right incentives.
Taken to the Cleaners?Nobody can explain why laundries charge less for men's shirts than for women's.
Booked UpThe difference between buying at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
Uninsured-Motorist FunThe laugh's on you if you're paying a high premium for car insurance.
Buy a House, Lose Your Job?The surprising connection between homeownership and unemployment.
The NFL's Parity Perplex The salary cap is one of the mysteries of the universe
Attack of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!A few theories on why they got sooooo big.
I've Got To Admit It's Getting BetterAnd here's a way to measure it.
Does Crime Pay?Yes, for those who don't wince at the small chance of a big punishment.
Planning for ObsolescenceNot everything should last forever.
Grade ExpectationsWhy grade inflation is bad for schools--and what to do about it.
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?
Sex, Discipline, and Your RefrigeratorThe evolutionary advantages of self-restraint.
Guilt by AcquisitionShould today's stockholders pay the price of a corporation's past sins?
Party TricksTwenty dollar bills and campaign finance reform.
Justice—Priced to SellRemind me, why is it better to let 10 guilty people go free than to convict one innocent person?
Monopoly ShoppingAs a consumer, would you be better off if Netscape controlled the browser market, or if Microsoft did?
Let the Rabbi Split the PieTalmudic wisdom applied to bankruptcy.
Take This Simple Test... And find out how rational you are.
Wealthier Than ThouIs it enough to be rich, or must others be poor?