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

Everyday Economics
Oct. 13 2008 3:43 PMHow the Bailout Auction Should WorkHow much should the Treasury pay for distressed assets that nobody else wants? A Bils-Kremer auction could set a fair price.
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Jan. 10 2008 12:05 PMHuckabee's Tax Plan Is BrilliantSo why is it getting trashed?
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Aug. 15 2007 11:51 AMSex, Sin, and StreetlightsParsing hypocrisy, courtesy of Bob Allen.
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April 19 2007 12:48 PMNo Parking AnytimeWhy parking your car is more environmentally destructive than driving it.
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Feb. 9 2007 1:06 PMWomen Are ChokersStudies show they cave under pressure. Why?
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Oct. 30 2006 2:22 PMHow the Web Prevents RapeAll that Internet porn reduces sex crimes. Really.
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Jan. 3 2006 6:30 AMDo the Poor Deserve Life Support?A woman who couldn't pay her bills is unplugged from her ventilator and dies. Is this wrong?
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Sept. 22 2005 7:17 AMHurricane Relief? Or a $200,000 Check?I'd take the check, and so would most of Katrina's victims.
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July 29 2005 6:40 AMIs Housing Too Expensive? Blame the GovernmentMaybe zoning laws are causing the real-estate bubble.
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March 28 2005 3:27 PMImagine Terri Were a Toaster …An economist considers the Schiavo case.
Dec. 9 2004 2:18 PMWhat I Like About ScroogeIn praise of misers.
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Sept. 29 2004 11:58 AMDon't VoteIt makes more sense to play the lottery.
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July 9 2004 9:19 AMThe Sin of WagesThe real reason to oppose the minimum wage.
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March 19 2004 12:55 PMThe Economics of Faking OrgasmNo, really.
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Oct. 2 2003 9:29 AMOh, No: It's a Girl!Do daughters cause divorce?
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March 3 2008 12:48 PMThe Case for ForeclosuresOne family's sorrow is another's joy.
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Oct. 22 2007 7:44 AMSave the Earth in Six Hard QuestionsWhat Al Gore doesn't understand about climate change.
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June 12 2007 2:38 PMOne-Fifth of an AmericanHow much is an immigrant's life worth, exactly?
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March 9 2007 1:23 PMThe Theory of the Leisure ClassAn economic mystery: Why do the poor seem to have more free time than the rich?
Dec. 20 2006 6:05 AMWhat I Like About ScroogeIn praise of misers.
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Feb. 1 2006 12:11 PMHow Much Should Hotel Web Access Cost?Sometimes it's free. Sometimes it's $20 a day. Why?
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Dec. 9 2005 6:33 AMThe Price of MotherhoodReady to have a baby? You'll earn 10 percent more if you wait a year.
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Sept. 7 2005 2:52 PMNo ReliefWhy we shouldn't aid Katrina's victims too much.
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May 25 2005 7:27 AMVine Is MoneyWhy those fancy tomatoes cost so much.
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Feb. 18 2005 11:11 AMSave and Save and Then Save Some MoreSocial Security is a red herring. Here's our real long-term problem.
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Oct. 21 2004 7:20 AMBush's Tax Cuts Are Unfair ...To the rich.
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Aug. 4 2004 8:53 AMThe $100 Terrorist Insurance PlanA better way to screen airline passengers.
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May 26 2004 5:14 PMFeed the Worms Who Write Worms to the WormsThe economic logic of executing computer hackers.
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Oct. 14 2003 11:49 AMMaybe Parents Don't Like Boys BetterA follow-up to the recent column about whether daughters cause divorce.
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Aug. 4 2003 2:27 PMWhy do gays smoke so much?




Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?