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Economic Principle #4: People Respond To Incentives, Taliban Edition…

April 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment
From The Vault · Incentives

Headline of the week: “Taliban commander turns self in… for reward on ‘Wanted’ poster” Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, strolled toward a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza with a wanted poster bearing his own face. He demanded the finder’s fee referenced on the poster: $100. I can’t help [...]

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Go Get Your Free Slurpee Today…Or Don’t, If You’re Smart?

July 11th, 2010 · 15 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Decision Making · Follow Ups · From The Vault

Reader Sean Writes: In the spirit of 711 day where all the loyal patrons are lavished with a free slurpee, I recall past events at other stores that utilized the same gimmick. Particularly, I remember a smoothie shop that had recently opened a month or so before offering a free smoothie promotional for the entire [...]

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From The Vault: Why I *Heart* Honest Tea…

May 4th, 2010 · 11 Comments
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The original post is from 2008, and it still makes me smile. ——————– Most people that know me know that I like dorky econ jokes. I think I also like products that feature dorky econ jokes on their labels. Behold the label from my beverage of choice: I swear that this was not on purpose- [...]

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From The Vault: A Lesson On Economic Indicators (And Yeah, I Went There)…

September 2nd, 2009 · 8 Comments
Follow Ups · From The Vault · Macroeconomics

A reader just emailed me the following: I just came across this article and [thought]: “That would be perfect for the EDIWM website/facebook page.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/30/AR2009083002761.html?nav=hcmodule So just in case you hadn’t seen it, I thought I would send a link to you. (Hat tip to John Harvey.) The article is from August 31, 2009 and [...]

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From The Vault: Incentives Aren’t Always About Compensation…

July 2nd, 2009 · No Comments
From The Vault · Incentives · Sports

(Originally published 7/18/2008. I’ve started to go through old posts to see which are worth some renewed attention, especially since I am swamped with work right now. It’s kind of interesting to see how the tone of writing, among other things, has changed over time.) Author’s note: I’ve written previously on how a tournament incentive [...]

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