400 Percent APR: Is That Good?Do people take out payday loans because they're desperate, or because they don't understand the terms?
A Formula for SuccessWant more women to study science? Hire more female professors.
Testing TestingEmployment tests may be racially biased—but what if they're less biased than human beings?
The Invisible Hand of GodAdam Smith thought competition among religions was a good thing. Does Hanukkah prove him wrong?
They Made a KillingDid people who knew about secret, CIA-led coups use that information to game the stock market?
You've Just Been Offered a Great New Job in Charlotte!Too bad you can't sell your house in Tampa.
Hot for the Wrong TeachersWhy are public schools so bad at hiring good instructors?
The Pilgrim's ProgressivenessDoes going to Mecca make Muslims more moderate?
SkinflintDid Eliot Spitzer get caught because he didn't spend enough on prostitutes?
Cos and EffectBill Cosby may be right about African-Americans spending a lot on expensive sneakers—but he's wrong about why.
An Economist Goes to a BarAnd solves the mysteries of dating.
If the Shoe Doesn't FitBlame the tyranny of the market.
TV Is Good for YouIf you are a woman in rural India, at least.
The Old College TryWhy do alumni give to universities? To get their kids in, of course.
Couch EntitlementSurprise—men do just as much work as women do.
It's Like eBay Meets Match.comDoes peer-to-peer lending work?
Comparison ShoppingThe real reason CEO compensation got out of hand.
You Can't Put a Price on FriendshipOr can you?
What's In It for Me?How congressmen decided whether to vote for the bailout.
Will There Be Blood?Will falling oil prices cause civil wars?
But What Does It Mean for the Prostitutes?How the financial crisis affects the oldest profession.
The $100 Distraction DeviceWhy giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance.
Going Down SwingingWhat if three-strikes laws make criminals less likely to repeat offend—but more violent when they do?
The Tiger Woods EffectWhen he's in the field, everyone else plays worse. How Tiger throws off golf's incentive structure.
It Takes a Village … to fail to thank its female leader, no matter how good she is.
Virtue for SaleWill customers pay more to do good?
Taking Our MedicineThe bad economics of switching health-care plans.
Diamonds Are a Guerrilla's Best FriendWhy was war good for Angola's big miners?
Teach Your Children WellThe economic case for preschool.
The Midlife Happiness CrisisBut don't worry—when you get old, the sun comes out again.