The Dismal Science
The Dismal Science
Feb. 1 2012 1:18 PMFood for NaughtDoes sending food aid to struggling nations do more harm than good?
Nov. 29 2011 10:08 AMNarco EconomicsA new study that could help Mexico win its war on drug traffickers.
Oct. 21 2011 7:13 AMA Picture of DemocracyHow digital cameras and smartphones might reduce corruption in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
July 7 2011 7:35 AMDoes Health Coverage Make People Healthier?A new study provides a compelling answer to the vexing question underlying the health care debate.
May 30 2011 8:04 AMThe Highest Form of FlatteryDo knockoff Prada bags hurt Prada—or help the company sell more of the real thing?
Feb. 9 2011 1:38 PMMary Gates and Karen Zuckerberg Weren't Tiger Moms Is the Amy Chua approach bad for the American economy?
Dec. 1 2010 10:21 AMYou Never Forget Your FirstWhy do voters tend to stick with whatever political party they join when they turn 18?
Aug. 11 2010 1:38 PMClean Out Your DeskIs firing (a lot of) teachers the only way to improve public schools?
July 7 2010 7:15 AMThe Almighty DollarAre preachers motivated by the desire to save souls or to make cold, hard cash?
May 12 2010 7:04 AMThe Right Kind of Peer PressureWant girls to do better in school? Surround them with smart classmates.
Feb. 3 2010 9:45 AMWe're Blowing ItA new paper suggests U.S. military aid does nothing to reduce drug production in Colombia.
Dec. 8 2009 7:04 AMYou Shouldn't HaveThe economic argument for never giving another gift.
Nov. 13 2009 7:11 AMAre Men More Competitive Than Women?Don't bet on it.
July 22 2009 1:27 PM400 Percent APR: Is That Good?Do people take out payday loans because they're desperate, or because they don't understand the terms?
June 5 2009 7:19 AMA Formula for SuccessWant more women to study science? Hire more female professors.
Jan. 6 2012 5:52 AMThanks, TeachA new study suggests that a good grade school teacher can boost college attendance rates, reduce teenage pregnancy, and increase a student’s earning potential.
Nov. 9 2011 7:00 AMIs Telecommuting a Good Idea?A new study finds that working from home makes sense. Sometimes.

Aug. 24 2011 1:41 PMWeather and WarA new study suggests El Niño may be to blame for nearly a quarter of recent global conflicts.
June 1 2011 7:52 AMThe Persistence of HateGerman communities that murdered Jews in the Middle Ages were more likely to support the Nazis 600 years later.
March 18 2011 7:13 AMRaises Don't Make Employees Work HarderBut pay cuts make them slack off.
Jan. 20 2011 12:42 PMWhen Does Amnio Make Sense?A new study suggests the old rule—test women over 35—isn't just wrong, it's backward.
Sept. 28 2010 10:08 AMHow Much Do You Think He Makes?Does knowing your colleagues' salaries make you happy or disgruntled?
July 30 2010 2:25 PMThe Canseco EffectWherever he went, Jose Canseco made his teammates better power hitters. Can statistics be used to find juicers?
May 24 2010 10:29 AMIndustrial EspionageHow the CIA got the world to buy American during the Cold War.
April 23 2010 10:01 AMNudges Gone WrongA program designed to reduce energy consumption persuaded some Republicans to consume more.
Jan. 10 2010 7:09 AMHow to Make America More InnovativeGive scientists more incentives to innovate.
Nov. 23 2009 10:42 AMIllegal ContactDoes watching football lead to domestic violence?
Oct. 22 2009 9:31 AMErrors in JudgmentWere hundreds of criminals given the wrong sentences because lawyers messed up a basic work sheet?
June 30 2009 12:18 PMIt's Like eBay Meets Match.comDoes peer-to-peer lending work?
May 11 2009 6:08 PMComparison ShoppingThe real reason CEO compensation got out of hand.