The Dismal Science
The Dismal Science
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.
Nov. 7 2007 12:00 PMAn Economist Goes to a BarAnd solves the mysteries of dating.
Oct. 4 2007 7:27 AMIf the Shoe Doesn't FitBlame the tyranny of the market.
Aug. 20 2007 5:01 PMTV Is Good for YouIf you are a woman in rural India, at least.
July 6 2007 7:22 AMThe Old College TryWhy do alumni give to universities? To get their kids in, of course.
April 16 2007 12:54 PMCouch EntitlementSurprise—men do just as much work as women do.
Jan. 30 2007 4:54 PMThe Irrational 18-Year-Old CriminalEvidence that prison doesn't deter crime.
Nov. 17 2006 12:29 AMThe Flintstone EffectTracing wealth back to the Stone Age.
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.
Oct. 19 2007 7:27 AMVirtue for SaleWill customers pay more to do good?
Sept. 7 2007 7:29 AMTaking Our MedicineThe bad economics of switching health-care plans.
Aug. 17 2007 11:43 AMDiamonds Are a Guerrilla's Best FriendWhy was war good for Angola's big miners?
May 25 2007 7:36 AMTeach Your Children WellThe economic case for preschool.
March 16 2007 7:14 AMThe Midlife Happiness CrisisBut don't worry—when you get old, the sun comes out again.
Dec. 19 2006 12:06 PMThe Sovereign vs. the IdiotWhat kind of gift-giver are you?
Oct. 19 2006 3:09 PMMaster of the IslandWhich country is the best colonizer?