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Features by Stephen Dubner

Does hosting the Olympics ever pay off?

Olympic host cities get a huge windfall of tax revenues and tourist dollars, right? Freakonomics looks at the effect the games really have on a host city.
Posted In: Olympics 2012, London Olympics, Olympics

How the U.S. can fix its political infighting

By taking a note from our neighbors in Great Britain. Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner explains why he thinks U.S. Congress should borrow the U.K. tradition of the Prime Minister's Question Time.
Posted In: prime minister, politics, Congress

Providing better customer service is good for business

Companies that offer higher wages for employees and more money for training turn out to be more profitable.
Posted In: customer service

Why more athletes are choosing to sport eyewear

It turns out NBA players like LeBron James don't actually need the eyeglasses to see.
Posted In: NBA, LeBron James

Why early retirement may not be good for your health

Freakonomics Radio explores the hidden side of early retirement.
Posted In: Retirement

Don't buy your mom fresh flowers

As Mother's Day approaches, it's time to consider the hidden side of fresh flowers, and the carbon footprint they leave behind.
Posted In: carbon footprint, flowers

Good corporate citizenship can pay off

Freakonomics Radio takes a look at whether having a high level of corporate social responsibility is good for business in the long run.
Posted In: corporate responsibility

When burglar alarms don't work

Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner on the high costs of faulty home alarm systems.
Posted In: police, alarms, burglar

Closing the gender gap in patent filing

Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner on one scientifically-proven way that helps women embrace risk.
Posted In: innovation, gender gap, patents, Science, engineering

Does the president actually influence the economy?

Believe it or not, there's nearly no relationship between the U.S. president and the economy, no matter who it is.
Posted In: president

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