Posts Tagged ‘incentive’

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    Tomatoes, Health Care and Unintended Consequences

    Jun 30, 12 • 357 Views • No Comments

    Trying to make pretty tomatoes, plant breeders inadvertently created a tasteless fruit. It all started 70 years ago with a gene mutation that evenly ripened tomatoes. Seeing the commercial potential of uniformly colored bright red tomatoes, growers bred the......  [read more]

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    Opposing Austerity

    Apr 12, 12 • 627 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 • 773 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 • 598 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 • 597 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]