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The Undercover Economist

Why Not Start Your Weekend on Wednesday?

There's no need to preach the gospel of leisure. Most of us work less than our parents did.

Dec. 13 2008 7:22 AMOn the Dole, but Not DolefulUnemployment benefits do encourage joblessness. But that may not be a bad thing.
Nov. 15 2008 7:41 AMOnly the Good Buy YoungWhy 20-year-olds should invest way more in the stock market, and 50-year-olds, way less.
Oct. 18 2008 6:15 AMThe Theory and Practice of BlackmailWhy it's so hard to get away with it.
Sept. 20 2008 7:11 AMBurn Her!Why it's dangerous to be a witch in a recession.
Aug. 23 2008 12:02 AMThe Fruits of Their LaborsAn amazing economics experiment and how it got field workers to pick a lot more strawberries.
July 26 2008 7:25 AMBut My Neighbor Has a Cell Phone …Finally, a sensible way to measure poverty.
June 28 2008 7:04 AMLikely BedfellowsHow much do Republican-leaning corporations benefit from Republican political success? A lot!
May 31 2008 7:45 AMA Secret Tax on TeenagersYou get your rebate check today. Your kid pays the tax bill later.
May 3 2008 7:33 AMIt's Like Money, but With No Dead PresidentsDo "local currencies" really help the communities that use them?
April 12 2008 7:20 AMSteal This Book! Please! Why software and media companies should encourage piracy (sometimes).
March 15 2008 7:09 AMSmallpox or Facebook?Which better explains how ideas move through society: diseases or social networks?
Feb. 16 2008 7:13 AMMy Own Private Housing BubbleI'm about to pay way too much for a house, and I know it. Does that make me a fool?
Jan. 19 2008 7:13 AMHow Facebook Is Like IkeaThey get their customers to do the work—and to enjoy doing it.
Dec. 22 2007 7:07 AMRationalizing ResolutionsCan economics make you a better person?
Nov. 24 2007 7:47 AMVive la DifférenceAre societies hard-wired to tolerate income inequality?
Nov. 29 2008 7:03 AMHoles in Our SocksWhy it's so hard to predict how bad the recession will be.
Nov. 1 2008 7:55 AMMoney on the BrainWhat can "neuroeconomics" teach us about how we shop?
Oct. 4 2008 7:50 AMBailouts Are Inevitable, Even DesirableStop complaining about the "moral hazard" problem and enjoy the rescue.
Sept. 6 2008 7:01 AMWhy Houses Cost More in SummerAn economics mystery has finally been solved.
Aug. 9 2008 6:44 AMThe Wisdom of Crowds?A single economic forecast is usually wrong. But groups of economic forecasts are often just as mistaken. Why?
July 12 2008 7:27 AMThe World Needs More SpeculatorsStop demonizing the investors who are betting heavily on oil prices.
June 14 2008 8:01 AMYou're Saving Enough for Retirement (Probably)Don't worry—you won't have to live on ramen and cat food.
May 17 2008 6:55 AMThe $20 PackWhy smokers are happier when cigarettes cost more.
April 19 2008 12:11 AMWhat Is "Income per Natural"?How a new way to count national income could change how we think about immigration and development.
March 29 2008 7:05 AMThe Price Is RightDoes evolution explain why we hate to pay more for scarce goods?
March 1 2008 7:17 AMMoney That Lasts ForeverWhy are we so scared of annuities?
Feb. 2 2008 7:39 AMAmazing RacismA study that shows the true stupidity of discrimination.
Jan. 5 2008 7:19 AMTrial by CameraMeasuring the effectiveness of foreign aid.
Dec. 8 2007 7:21 AMSimple GivingC'mon, you can do better than a gift card.
Nov. 10 2007 6:58 AMWaiting for Good JoeDo coffee shops discriminate against women?