Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    The Cost of Seat Belts

    Nov 6, 11 • 293 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 • 328 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 • 291 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 • 259 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]

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    Operation Twist Again

    Sep 23, 11 • 242 Views • No Comments

    Operation Twist is a great name but tough to understand. Our starting point is interest rates. When you loan someone $100, you expect to be repaid more. How much extra? It depends on many variables so let’s just look at one. Time. When the federal...  [read more]