Why I should post more regularly here

Sunday’s post on why we can’t all be like Scandinavians attracted much more attention than anything I have posted here and earned some kind words from Acemoglu and Robinson:  A fairly balanced and insightful summary of several of the comments can be found here. This just may induce me to make room in my schedule […]

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The US News College Rankings Scam

Henry on Crooked Timber (I just had to repost the whole thing): The US News College Rankings Scam:   Stephen Budiansky, via Cosma Shalizi’s Pinboard feed. Back in ancient times when I worked at esteemed weekly newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report, I always loathed the annual college rankings report. Like all cash cows, however, […]

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A good example of the importance of incentives

Well, make this a bad example if you must. It is an example of bad incentives that produce bad outcomes. I am referring to the article by Bebchuk, Cohen, and Spamann in the Project Syndicate web site, in which the authors discuss the compensation of the executives of Lehman Brothers. The article discusses a report […]

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Dan Pink on Motivation

Here is a TED talk about the importance of intrinsic motivation for business. Thoroughly enjoyable, and it gives a good challenge to mechanism design theorists and economists in general. (Via www.economistsdoitwithmodels.com).

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