Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Toasters and Pencils

    Jan 17, 11 • 553 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 • 575 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 • 873 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 • 613 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]

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    Overhead Problems

    Aug 25, 10 • 1099 Views • 6 Comments

    You’ve probably heard the story. Fed up, a flight attendant tells passengers what he really thinks of them, grabs a beer, presses the button for the emergency chute, and leaves the plane. The overhead storage bin might have been the reason. Overhead......  [read more]