Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Opposing Austerity

    Apr 12, 12 • 332 Views • No Comments

    Thinking about our fiscal woes, I keep returning to the fallacy of composition. Here it is: When one farmer harvests a huge crop and sells it, her profits soar. But if every farmer grows more and sells more, then the price drops. Similarly, if one person...  [read more]

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    Government Guidelines and Unintended Consequences

    Apr 4, 12 • 292 Views • 2 Comments

    Sometimes government guidelines can have unintended consequences. Government travel guidelines: At a networking reception, the General Services Administration spent $1900 on 400 “petit beef Wellington” snacks and $2000 on 400 “mini Monte...  [read more]

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    Becoming An Eco-Driver

    Mar 11, 12 • 253 Views • No Comments

    With the price of gas marching skyward, more of us might become eco-drivers. Based on a report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), here are some (slightly irreverent but accurate) rules for eco-driving: During warm...  [read more]

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    Health Care Costs

    Mar 10, 12 • 261 Views • No Comments

    Looking forward to your daily Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino, you see that the calorie count sign says 500 calories. Change your mind? Most studies indicate that knowing a calorie count has little if any impact on purchasing decisions. Then, you stroll to...  [read more]

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    Paying Kids For Good Grades

    Dec 24, 11 • 277 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]