Steven E. Landsburg

Steven E. Landsburg is the author, most recently, ofMore Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics. You can e-mail him at

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May 30 2000 9:00 PMThe Return of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!The readers share their theories on why carts got so big.
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March 22 2000 3:00 AMThe Joy of Hedging The case for investing against your heart and with your head. 
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Jan. 13 2000 3:30 AMThe Mother-in-Law of InventionThe patent system sucks because it overrewards and underrewards. Here's a way to make the system work better.
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Nov. 9 1999 3:30 AMIs Everybody Happy?The cost-benefit analysis of making folks smile.
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Sept. 16 1999 3:30 AMToo True To Be GoodThe real reason you can't believe everything you read.
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Aug. 12 1999 3:30 AM Grade ExpectationsWhy grade inflation is bad for schools--and what to do about it.
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May 5 1999 4:30 AM How Big a Safety Net?The philosopher says we have a moral obligation to create a social safety net. The economist asks, how big, and whom should it cover?
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March 5 1999 3:30 AM Sex, Discipline, and Your RefrigeratorThe evolutionary advantages of self-restraint.
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Jan. 8 1999 3:30 AM Guilt by AcquisitionShould today's stockholders pay the price of a corporation's past sins?
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Nov. 6 1998 3:30 AMParty TricksTwenty dollar bills and campaign finance reform.
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Aug. 7 1998 3:30 AMJustice—Priced to SellRemind me, why is it better to let 10 guilty people go free than to convict one innocent person?
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June 5 1998 3:30 AMMonopoly ShoppingAs a consumer, would you be better off if Netscape controlled the browser market, or if Microsoft did?
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April 10 1998 3:30 AMLet the Rabbi Split the PieTalmudic wisdom applied to bankruptcy.
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Dec. 5 1997 3:30 AMTake This Simple Test... And find out how rational you are.
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Oct. 10 1997 3:30 AMWealthier Than ThouIs it enough to be rich, or must others be poor?
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April 27 2000 3:00 AMAttack of the Giant Shopping Carts!!!A few theories on why they got sooooo big.
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Feb. 10 2000 3:30 AMI've Got To Admit It's Getting BetterAnd here's a way to measure it.
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Dec. 9 1999 3:30 AM Does Crime Pay?Yes, for those who don't wince at the small chance of a big punishment.
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Oct. 14 1999 3:30 AM Planning for ObsolescenceNot everything should last forever.
Aug. 24 1999 3:30 AMHail to the KingWhat Jimmy Carter has in common with Henry VI.
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July 14 1999 3:00 PMA-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-nThe economics of deferred gratification.
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April 9 1999 3:30 AM My Way to the eBayAn economics professor's strategy for winning online auctions.
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Feb. 6 1999 3:30 AMWin, Place, and No!The only truly fair election is the one with one voter.
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Dec. 4 1998 3:30 AMEfficient MortalityThe dismal logic of total decline.
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Sept. 4 1998 3:30 AMPrivatize the Independent Counsel!Tired of Kenneth Starr wasting your money? Then give him the right incentives.
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July 3 1998 3:30 AMTaken to the Cleaners?Nobody can explain why laundries charge less for men's shirts than for women's.
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May 8 1998 3:30 AMBooked UpThe difference between buying at Barnes & Noble and
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Feb. 6 1998 3:30 AMUninsured-Motorist FunThe laugh's on you if you're paying a high premium for car insurance.
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Nov. 7 1997 3:30 AMBuy a House, Lose Your Job?The surprising connection between homeownership and unemployment.
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Sept. 12 1997 3:30 AMThe Marriage ContractDivorce is just a breakdown in negotiations.



Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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