Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Corporate Tax Matters

    Apr 3, 11 • 301 Views • No Comments

    CBS’s 60 minutes, the NY Times, Forbes, all seem to be talking about how large corporations avoid paying U.S. income taxes. GE, for example, has one of the biggest tax returns (24,000 pages) and the smallest payments. How? For many multinationals, a...  [read more]

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    Toasters and Pencils

    Jan 17, 11 • 232 Views • No Comments

    In this TED talk, a designer explains how he tried to build his own toaster. Deciding to focus on five basic ingredients instead of the 100 he would really need, he describes what happened. For the steel, first he needed iron ore. For the plastic, he went to...  [read more]

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    Healthy Incentives

    Oct 24, 10 • 258 Views • No Comments

    What happens in a school cafeteria when apples are placed in bowls rather than on a metallic pan? Sales more than double. Require trays? Students eat 21% more salads. Call corn “creamy” and more people ask for it. As displayed by the NY Times...  [read more]

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    Incentive Matters

    Sep 30, 10 • 376 Views • No Comments

    Economics always seems to relate to incentives. Whether looking at demand and supply, or health care policy, or international trade, always we can return to how incentives shape our behavior. This takes me to several good incentive stories. An op-ed in the...  [read more]

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    Bendy Buses and Health Care

    Sep 6, 10 • 236 Views • 2 Comments

    Have you heard of a bendy bus? The bendy bus was supposed to solve Santiago, Chile’s public transit problems. But the story relates to each of us. It all began during 2007 when Santiago decided to replace its private bus system with public transit....  [read more]