Peer influence, whether in a corporate or a residential setting, modifies environmental behavior. Can peer shaming work too? Freakonomics economist Steven Levitt, would argue yes. Benchmarking in industries and companies leads to greater adoption of renewable energy.
Dr. Becker won almost every award there was to win in his profession -- including a Nobel Prize in economics and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. Becker's book Human Capital (1964) is already as iconic as Adam Smith's writings on laissez faire.
If you haven't heard of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, you might need to spend some time rethinking your... well, thinking. Dubner and Levitt have a few essential tips on how to think like a freak, and I've pulled from these a couple of ways you can apply the same creative thinking to content marketing.
Psychology has come a long way since Freud, but the brand hasn't caught up. Ideally, we'll start rebranding psychology as a source of interesting, rigorous ideas.
It's hardly surprising to learn that status-seeking individuals choose to buy goods and services based on how impressive the cost is. What is disconcerting is to realize that it's not just that typical high-prestige goods like handbags, luxury cars and the like that can become markers of status.
My hope is that my generation of South Asian Americans will embrace both India and the US as the "home bases" of their communities and choose to give back to any aspect of society with which they personally connect.
What's the right age to have a baby? What if you're actually infertile? How much money are you supposed to have? How stable should you be? How many should you have?
When we listen to an analyst on television during a basketball game, we should hope to hear analysis that takes what we are seeing and breaks it down into the factors that are determining the observed outcomes.
Unlike every other big market team in North America, the Clippers have never, ever, ever been a title contender. This season they are one of the very best teams in the NBA. And that leads one to wonder... how did this worst team in NBA history become a title contender?
Yes, the Thunder are still an above average team. But Harden's production of wins will be very difficult to replace. So for the 2012-13 season, it doesn't look like the Thunder will be favored to get back to the NBA Finals.
One player can't win a title. You need other pieces to contend. And the people leading these franchises clearly couldn't identify enough pieces to make a title happen.
Scoring totals in the NBA can be quite deceptive. A player can boost his scoring totals by simply taking more and more shots. But if this shooting is inefficient, teams actually suffer from this choice.
ften people don't pay attention to what people say in ads. But this one -- starring Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder -- has a very interesting opening line.
The revenue per team in the NFL dwarfs what we see at the college ranks. And yet, the salaries of top coaches in both places are similar. How is this possible?
Should a team give up on the present by trading away an excellent player for a chance at one of those amazing number one picks in the draft? That suggests you need to sacrifice today to win tomorrow. But is this true?