Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Millionaire Inventors

    Oct 21, 11 • 387 Views • No Comments

    Assume you have $1.4 million dollars that you want to give away. Your goal is to spur the development of new technology, but just not any innovation–something that you want people to invent. Which technology would you choose? The people at the X Prize......  [read more]

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    Who Are We?

    Sep 29, 11 • 320 Views • No Comments

    Environmental concerns? You might want to look at what the The American Community Survey for 2010 says about who drives alone to work (105 million) and how many of us take public transportation (7 million). If education is your focus, one table in the Survey......  [read more]

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    Operation Twist Again

    Sep 23, 11 • 311 Views • No Comments

    Operation Twist is a great name but tough to understand. Our starting point is interest rates. When you loan someone $100, you expect to be repaid more. How much extra? It depends on many variables so let’s just look at one. Time. When the federal......  [read more]

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    An Optional Income Tax

    May 18, 11 • 458 Views • No Comments

    What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to think creatively because our current system is......  [read more]

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    Creative Incentives

    May 15, 11 • 418 Views • No Comments

    In his New Yorker Magazine article on creativity, Malcolm Gladwell describes Mick Jagger, the musician, and Gary Starkweather, an optical engineer, as gentlemen who pour out countless ideas and develop an endless stream of products. For Jagger, the product is......  [read more]