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Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

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.

Well-Known Economist: Minimum Wage Doesn't Matter 'All That Much'

Posted 02.19.2013 | Business

A University of Chicago economist well-known for tearing down the conventional wisdom on a host of controversial topics is wading into the renewed deb...

Review: I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, I'm Glad My Mother is Alive is a film about unrequited mother-love gone haywire -- and the price of bad parenting.

Poker Is A Game Of Skill, Not Luck, Freakonomics Economist Finds

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.09.2011 | Business

Proving poker is a game of skill, not luck, could be a huge win for the online industry revolving around it. And a new paper could do just that. U...

Newsflash: We Need Fewer, Not More, College Grads?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Justin Snider

One surefire way to get people's attention is to say the exact opposite of what everyone else is saying -- to claim that conventional wisdom is wrong. And sometimes, of course, conventional wisdom is wrong.

HuffPost Review: Freakonomics

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As anthology films go, Freakonomics is an entertaining -- if occasionally scattershot -- documentary. But then, that was the nature of the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, upon which the film was based.

ReThink Interview: Seth Gordon, Exec. Producer of Freakonomics

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I spoke to Gordon about applying Freakonomics, working with a group of celebrated documentarians, films that changed Gordon's life, and matters concerning Donkey Kong and the scripted remake of the King of Kong that is in the works.

Missing the SuperFreaking Point (and Ignoring the Business Case for Green)

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

The authors of SuperFreakonomics fail to mention that the process of shifting to a low-carbon economy has enormous upsides completely aside from the benefits to climate balance.

No Boom In Black Teen Homicides: Freakonomics Author

Chicago Sun-Times | Frank Main | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Freakonomics author Steven Levitt dismissed a new study that points to a sharp rise in homicides by black teens in recent years. The study's author, ...

Jason Linkins

Freakonomics' Levitt Praises Obama Education Choice | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics, offers Arne Duncan, President-Elect Barack Obama's pick for Secretary of Education, his endorsement this mornin...

Freakonomics: Interracial Sex Makes Us More Beautiful

Twanna A. Hines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Twanna A. Hines

I was raised to be a strong black woman who stuck it to The Man, but I've spent the past decade sticking it with him. Several of them.