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Features by Stephen Dubner

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

Maximizing your Halloween candy haul

Freakonomics offers the hidden side to finding the best neighborhood near you to trick-or-treat.
Posted In: freakonomics, Halloween, dubner, kai ryssdal, candy

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