The Dismal Science
The Dismal Science
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.
March 3 2009 7:02 AMTesting TestingEmployment tests may be racially biased—but what if they're less biased than human beings?
Dec. 19 2008 7:03 AMThe Invisible Hand of GodAdam Smith thought competition among religions was a good thing. Does Hanukkah prove him wrong?
Oct. 28 2008 7:07 AMThey Made a KillingDid people who knew about secret, CIA-led coups use that information to game the stock market?
Sept. 29 2008 11:28 AMYou've Just Been Offered a Great New Job in Charlotte!Too bad you can't sell your house in Tampa.
July 11 2008 7:50 AMHot for the Wrong TeachersWhy are public schools so bad at hiring good instructors?
April 25 2008 7:05 AMThe Pilgrim's ProgressivenessDoes going to Mecca make Muslims more moderate?
March 12 2008 6:53 PMSkinflintDid Eliot Spitzer get caught because he didn't spend enough on prostitutes?
Jan. 11 2008 7:44 AMCos and EffectBill Cosby may be right about African-Americans spending a lot on expensive sneakers—but he's wrong about why.
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.
Jan. 23 2009 7:03 AMYou Can't Put a Price on FriendshipOr can you?
Nov. 6 2008 6:46 AMWhat's In It for Me?How congressmen decided whether to vote for the bailout.
Oct. 20 2008 2:30 PMWill There Be Blood?Will falling oil prices cause civil wars?
Sept. 26 2008 1:20 PMBut What Does It Mean for the Prostitutes?How the financial crisis affects the oldest profession.
June 5 2008 7:03 AMThe $100 Distraction DeviceWhy giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance.
March 20 2008 6:53 AMGoing Down SwingingWhat if three-strikes laws make criminals less likely to repeat offend—but more violent when they do?
Jan. 23 2008 4:59 PMThe Tiger Woods EffectWhen he's in the field, everyone else plays worse. How Tiger throws off golf's incentive structure.
Nov. 27 2007 4:10 PMIt Takes a Village  … to fail to thank its female leader, no matter how good she is.