Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Car Rentals and Cuban Houses

    Nov 11, 11 • 340 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 • 263 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 • 273 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 • 258 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 • 232 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]