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Which Incentives Are Best at Boosting Vaccination, and Why? (NSQ Ep. 57)

Also: what does your desired superpower say about you? *      *      * Relevant Research & References Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode: SOURCES George Loewenstein, professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Robert Cialdini, professor of psychology at Arizona State...

Angela Duckworth Explains How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 32)

She’s the author of the bestselling book Grit, and a University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology — a field Steve says he knows nothing about. But once Angela gives Steve a quick tutorial on “goal conflict,” he is suddenly a fan. They also talk parenting, self-esteem, and how easy it is to learn econometrics if you feel like it. Listen and follow...

She’s From the Government, and She’s Here to Help (Ep. 466)

Cecilia Rouse, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, is as cold-blooded as any economist. But she admits that her profession would do well to focus on policy that actually helps people. Rouse explains why President Biden wants to spend trillions of dollars to reshape the economy, and why — as the first Black chair of the C.E.A....

Why Is Academic Writing So Bad? (NSQ Ep. 56)

Also: what does your perfect day look like? *      *      * Relevant Research & References Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode: SOURCES Sidney D’Mello, professor of cognitive science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania....

Peter Leeson on Why Trial-by-Fire Wasn’t Barbaric and Why Pirates Were Democratic (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 31)

He’s an economist who studies even weirder things than Steve. They discuss whether economics is the best of the social sciences, and why it’s a good idea to get a tattoo of a demand curve on your bicep. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. The post Peter Leeson on Why Trial-by-Fire Wasn’t Barbaric...

Introducing a New “Freakonomics of Medicine” Podcast (Ep. 465)

Bapu Jena was already a double threat: a doctor who’s also an economist. Now he’s a podcast host too. In this sneak preview of the Freakonomics Radio Network’s newest show,  Bapu discovers that marathons can be deadly — but not for the reasons you may think. Listen and subscribe to our podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or elsewhere. Below...

What Changes Will Stick When the Pandemic Is Gone? (NSQ Ep. 55)

Also: would you take a confirmation-bias vaccine? *      *      * Relevant Research & References Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode: SOURCES Raffaella Sadun, professor of business administration at Harvard University. Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University. Daniel...

Dambisa Moyo Says Foreign Aid Can’t Solve Problems, but Maybe Corporations Can (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 30)

The African-born economist has written four bestselling books, including Dead Aid, which Bill Gates described as “promoting evil.” In her new book about corporate boards, Dambisa uses her experience with global corporations to explore how they can better meet society’s demands. And she explains to Steve why, even as a Harvard and Oxford-educated economist,...

Will Work-from-Home Work Forever? (Ep. 464)

The pandemic may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean we’ll return to full-time commuting and packed office buildings. The greatest accidental experiment in the history of labor has lessons to teach us about productivity, flexibility, and even reversing the brain drain. But don’t buy another dozen pairs of sweatpants just yet. Listen and subscribe...

Do You Really Need a Muse to Be Creative? (NSQ Ep. 54)

Also: is short-sightedness part of human nature? *      *      * Relevant Research & References Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode: SOURCES Sir Ken Robinson (deceased), author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts. E. B. White (deceased), author and essayist. Ernest...

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