Posts Tagged ‘Michael Lewis’

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    Why Might People Cheat?

    Dec 7, 11 • 253 Views • No Comments

    When are people more likely to cheat? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says to look at sweatshirts, the Ten Commandments, dollar bills and cans of Coca-Cola. In one experiment, Ariely discovered that more students would copy someone’s seemingly dishonest...  [read more]

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    California and Greece

    Oct 2, 11 • 253 Views • No Comments

    It is good to pay fire fighters and police officers generously. It is good not to raise taxes. It is good to give voters what they want and get re-elected. As Michael Lewis describes in Vanity Fair, San Jose, California did everything that was...  [read more]

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    Moneyball Economics

    Sep 27, 11 • 699 Views • No Comments

    A wonderful baseball movie, Moneyball is also about economics. The story focuses on the Oakland Athletics, a second-tier baseball team with a small budget. A speedy runner? A homerun hitter? The stars cost many millions that Oakland just did not have. Faced...  [read more]

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    Euro Problems

    May 10, 11 • 273 Views • No Comments

    This country had a national railroad that received $100 million euros a year in revenue but had expenses of $700 million. All public jobs paid an average of 3 times what the private sector paid. Beauticians, musicians and radio announcers were retiring with...  [read more]

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    A Debt Tour

    Feb 20, 11 • 295 Views • No Comments

    Calling it “financial disaster travel journalism,” author Michael Lewis (The Blind Side and The Big Short) takes us to Iceland, Ireland, and Greece in 3 Vanity Fair articles that are wonderful. Comparing Iceland to Ireland, he tells us, “But...  [read more]