Ray Fisman
Ray Fisman

Ray Fisman is the Slater family professor in behavioral economics at Boston University and co-author, most recently, of Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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Sept. 28 2010 10:08 AMHow Much Do You Think He Makes?Does knowing your colleagues' salaries make you happy or disgruntled?
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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?
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May 24 2010 10:29 AMIndustrial EspionageHow the CIA got the world to buy American during the Cold War.
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April 23 2010 10:01 AMNudges Gone WrongA program designed to reduce energy consumption persuaded some Republicans to consume more.
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Feb. 3 2010 9:45 AMWe're Blowing ItA new paper suggests U.S. military aid does nothing to reduce drug production in Colombia.
Recycled
Dec. 13 2009 7:01 AMThe Invisible Hand of GodAdam Smith thought competition among religions was a good thing. Does Hanukkah prove him wrong?
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Nov. 13 2009 7:11 AMAre Men More Competitive Than Women?Don't bet on it.
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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?
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June 5 2009 7:19 AMA Formula for SuccessWant more women to study science? Hire more female professors.
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March 3 2009 7:02 AMTesting TestingEmployment tests may be racially biased—but what if they're less biased than human beings?
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Dec. 19 2008 7:03 AMThe Invisible Hand of GodAdam Smith thought competition among religions was a good thing. Does Hanukkah prove him wrong?
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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?
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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.
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July 11 2008 7:50 AMHot for the Wrong TeachersWhy are public schools so bad at hiring good instructors?
Procrastination
May 15 2008 6:42 AMLike There's No TomorrowHow economists think about procrastination.
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Aug. 11 2010 1:38 PMClean Out Your DeskIs firing (a lot of) teachers the only way to improve public schools?
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July 7 2010 7:15 AMThe Almighty DollarAre preachers motivated by the desire to save souls or to make cold, hard cash?
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May 12 2010 7:04 AMThe Right Kind of Peer PressureWant girls to do better in school? Surround them with smart classmates.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 11 2010 7:02 AMIs Figure Skating Fixed?A new study suggests that efforts to keep Olympic judges honest have only made them more crooked.
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Jan. 10 2010 7:09 AMHow to Make America More InnovativeGive scientists more incentives to innovate.
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Nov. 23 2009 10:42 AMIllegal ContactDoes watching football lead to domestic violence?
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Oct. 22 2009 9:31 AMErrors in JudgmentWere hundreds of criminals given the wrong sentences because lawyers messed up a basic work sheet?
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June 30 2009 12:18 PMIt's Like eBay Meets Match.comDoes peer-to-peer lending work?
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May 11 2009 6:08 PMComparison ShoppingThe real reason CEO compensation got out of hand.
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Jan. 23 2009 7:03 AMYou Can't Put a Price on FriendshipOr can you?
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Nov. 6 2008 6:46 AMWhat's In It for Me?How congressmen decided whether to vote for the bailout.
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Oct. 20 2008 2:30 PMWill There Be Blood?Will falling oil prices cause civil wars?
Geezers
Sept. 11 2008 5:22 PMSpend It While You CanTurns out money can buy you happiness. But it buys more happiness when you're young.
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June 5 2008 7:03 AMThe $100 Distraction DeviceWhy giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance.
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April 25 2008 7:05 AMThe Pilgrim's ProgressivenessDoes going to Mecca make Muslims more moderate?

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