Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Paying Kids For Good Grades

    Dec 24, 11 • 597 Views • No Comments

    What happens when you combine a $100 student payment with a teacher bonus for high A.P. grades, better lab equipment, free tutoring, Saturday classes and extra teacher training? At one Boston school, the results for an A.P. statistics class were: A surge in......  [read more]

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    Car Rentals and Cuban Houses

    Nov 11, 11 • 686 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever washed a rented car? Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers tells us that, “In the history of the world,” no one has. For rental cars and Cuban houses, lack of ownership is the common denominator. When Fidel Castro took control......  [read more]

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    The Cost of Seat Belts

    Nov 6, 11 • 605 Views • No Comments

    Can we assume that seat belts make us safer? Maybe. Writing about seat belts in 1975, University of Chicago economist Sam Peltzman described what we now call the Peltzman Effect. Sam Peltzman said that yes, seat belts do make us safer. However, making us......  [read more]

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    Innovation and (Steve) Jobs

    Oct 27, 11 • 830 Views • No Comments

    From the iPhone and iPod to a…thermostat? At a Silicone Valley start-up, a former Apple design leader has switched his focus to diminishing carbon emissions, decreasing electric bills, and moderating energy usage. He has changed from iPhones and iPods......  [read more]

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    Millionaire Inventors

    Oct 21, 11 • 606 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]