Features by Stephen Dubner

The Tax Man Nudgeth: Freakonomics

April 15 is less than two weeks away and Stephen Dubner has found some new ways to convince Americans to pay their taxes.
Posted In: IRS, Taxes

How much TV money does March Madness make?

The N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament begins this week. Last year, the tournament earned its highest TV ratings in 18 years, while taking in more than $1 billion in revenue from ads. But Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio wondered if CBS and Turner aren't making enough.
Posted In: NCAA, March Madness, business of sports, Super Bowl, Super Bowl commercials

When negative is positive: Freakonomics on feedback

Sure, we all like to hear compliments. But if you’re truly looking to get better at something, criticism is what will get you there.
Posted In: freakonomics, psychology

Freakonomics: Doing a U-turn on the gas tax

The gas tax helps pay for our roads; and we’re not collecting as much money as we need.
Posted In: gas prices, gasoline, fuel efficiency

Sure, I remember that

It is startlingly easy to create false memories, especially in politics.
Posted In: memory

How to live longer

Why do Hall of Fame inductees, Oscar winners, and Nobel laureates outlive their peers?
Posted In: freakonomics, Oscars, baseball, academy awards, annuity

How much does a good boss really matter?

It’s harder than you’d think to measure the value of a boss. But some enterprising economists have done just that -- and the news is good.
Posted In: freakonomics, bosses, workplace

Have a very Homo Economicus Christmas

What economists like to give (and get) as Christmas gifts. Spoiler alert: economists don’t think like the rest of us.
Posted In: economists, Christmas, gifts

Free-conomics: Economists go pro bono

Economists are a notoriously self-interested bunch. But one British outfit is giving away its services.
Posted In: economists, Charity

Save the earth, drive your car?

Adding lots of train and bus lines to car-congested roads would seem to be an environmental slam dunk. If only the math would cooperate.
Posted In: public transportation, Transit


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