The Dismal Science
The Dismal Science

The Prophet of Profit

Betsy DeVos is right that some government services should be approached more like businesses. She’s wrong to think education is one of them.

Jan. 12 2017 11:15 AMHow Much Will Trump Profit From the Presidency?It could easily be in the billions. Here’s how.
Dec. 7 2016 5:50 AMHow to Invest Your Savings in the Trump EraDiversify. Then diversify some more.
Oct. 4 2016 10:53 AMDonald Trump’s Dangerous Approach to TaxesA chief executive who says he’s smart to avoid paying his share could inspire a nation to evade the IRS.
June 28 2016 9:47 AMWe Need More Iconoclasts!Science undervalues novelty. How can we encourage researchers to take greater risks?
June 7 2016 9:00 AMThe Invisible Helping HandHow a network of food banks learned to feed more people by embracing the free market.
April 15 2015 4:00 AMOn the Clock, in the ClosetDo gays and lesbians cluster in certain professions?
July 15 2014 11:48 PMSweden’s School Choice DisasterAdvocates for school choice might be shocked to see how badly the country’s experiment with vouchers failed.
Oct. 17 2013 11:45 PMFriends in High PlacesHow valuable is it for bankers to have social connections to the Treasury secretary?
July 31 2013 5:43 AMThe Most Efficient Office in the WorldIt’s run by the United States government. We’re not kidding.
May 22 2013 8:30 AMDo Charter Schools Work?Yes, but not always and not for everyone.
April 9 2013 7:00 AMBrown v. Board Reduced CrimeAnd now resegregation is leading to a spike in violent crime among young black men.
Jan. 7 2013 5:22 AMExcellent PoliceWhat the Baltimore P.D. can teach your office about multitasking and incentives.
Dec. 19 2012 5:00 PMStuck in the '50sMen still don’t like it when their wives out-earn them.
Oct. 2 2012 1:46 PMGood News for the UnemployedIn a recession, not having a job doesn’t make it harder to find a new one.
Sept. 4 2012 3:30 AMCan You Train Business School Students To Be Ethical?The way we’re doing it now doesn’t work. We need a new way.
Dec. 22 2016 3:10 PMMen Still Aren’t Comfortable With Ambitious WomenTwo new studies—one in the U.S., one in Sweden—suggest women pay a steep price for pursuing careers.
Nov. 29 2016 11:52 AMJust How Badly Can the Trump Administration Corrupt the United States?Badly, and in unprecedented ways.
Sept. 9 2016 2:37 PMAirbnb Isn’t Doing EnoughThe company announced plans to combat discrimination on its platform. It’s still falling short.
June 17 2016 1:31 PMCan Fox News Get Trump Elected?The network exerts more power over the electorate than you might think.
Sept. 18 2015 3:45 AMWhy Income Inequality Isn’t Going AnywhereRich elites—even rich liberal elites—don’t believe in redistributing wealth.
Aug. 1 2014 11:00 AMThe Secret to Living a Longer, Happier LifeNot trusting observational studies that make claims they can’t possibly prove.
Jan. 2 2014 2:05 PMDoes Expanding Health Care Coverage Reduce ER Visits?On the contrary: A new study suggests it increases visits to the emergency room—significantly.
Aug. 26 2013 5:45 AMWhy Aren’t There More Cancer Vaccines?Blame America’s lousy patent system.
June 28 2013 7:30 AMMaybe Bowling Alone Isn’t So BadHow the prevalence of civic associations in Weimar Germany may have sped the rise of the Nazis.
May 1 2013 5:00 PMBad News for ObamacareA new study suggests universal health care makes people happier but not healthier.
Jan. 25 2013 2:29 PMManagement Consultants Can Save the WorldInventory controls, workplace efficiency, and more paperwork help countries and businesses more than you can imagine.
Dec. 31 2012 5:15 AMHow To Make Better New Year’s ResolutionsVow to do less, not more.
Nov. 26 2012 7:15 AMKill the 401(k)?The accounts cost the government billions—and they might not be helping us save.
Sept. 11 2012 11:00 AMDon’t Ban Big GulpsTax them instead. A new study shows that even small price differences can nudge us toward healthier beverage consumption.
Aug. 14 2012 7:00 AMShould You Trust Online Reviews?Yes and no.