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Incentives

Sirens in the Grocery Aisles

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Very few of us have perfect self-control, but importantly, many of us are well aware of our limited power to say no. So it's sometimes possible to anticipate times of weakness and devise ways to restrict our own freedom.

Setting the Tone for Transparency

Badr Jafar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Badr Jafar

Until we develop a culturally-relevant and widely accepted concept of what constitutes poor corporate practice in a specific country or region, we cannot develop mechanisms that effectively promote good governance and stamp out corruption in that location.

Revisiting 'Resisting Republican Excess'

David Coates | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
David Coates

It is time, surely, for those of us who want to see important things done in Washington D.C. and in state capitals like Raleigh, North Carolina -- who want Washington and Raleigh to succeed -- to unite together to minimize the impact in both cities of those who want government to fail.

Four Things for New Graduates to Consider Before Accepting Their First Job

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2013 | College
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Take the time to evaluate what really moves you to do your best, before you accept a first job.

Program Pays Drug Addicts To Get Sterilized

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.29.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Should there by financial incentives for drug addicts to get vasectomies or tubal ligation? Or to use birth control until they're in a better conditio...

Q&A With Ramez Naam: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"Doom yourself to horrific climate change by burning all that carbon and releasing all that CO2. Or power down society, reducing total energy usage around the planet. One leads to ecological collapse. The other is a reversion, in many ways, to poverty."

Why Most Bosses Are Self-Absorbed and How Not to Be a Jerk

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Who was the best boss you ever had? What made him or her so good? Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder likes to pose that question. In a recent interview, Ba...

How the Internet Is Changing Music (Feat. Amanda Palmer on Vocals)

Rob Brooks | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Rob Brooks

Sometimes I think I can hear the internet as it relentlessly changes everything. But the sound of the internet changing everything grows most audible in and around the music industry.

How Walmart's Green Performance Reviews Could Change Retail for Good

Andrew Winston | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

Incentives matter and cultures shift over time. Hard-won operational changes like modifying performance reviews may not be sexy, but the results can be profound. And when it's the world's largest retailer changing its buying criteria, the ripples will likely be felt around the world.

Should You Pay for an 'A'? How to Motivate Your Child -- Part 1

Beth Kobliner | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

At my friend's parent-teacher meeting to discuss her eighth-grade son, the teacher made a wacky recommendation: my friend should consider bribery to motivate him to work harder in school. I'm not kidding.

Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you ...

Graduate Economics: Balancing the Budget Without Benefit Cuts or Tax Increases

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Providing incentives to my children helped me to balance my checkbook. By doing the same, America could remain solvent with a lot less pain to beneficiaries and taxpayers.

Why It's Good To Be Vampire Squid

AP | Associated Press | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein received total compensation of $16.1 million in 2011, a 14 percent increase from the year before. ...

Joy Resmovits

Do Tests Help Student Learning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

When the National Research Council published the results of a decade-long study on the effects of standardized testing on student learning this summer...

Accountability: How and Why a Boring Report Made Me Weep

James Gee | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
James Gee

Why do we, in education, at a policy level, so often do what even commonsense tells us is wrong?

Why Unions Get a Bad Name

Laura Mola | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Laura Mola

My dad was in a union, my aunts and uncles, relatives, extended family, all staunch union members. It afforded my sister and me, daughters of an immig...

Incentive Pay for Congress Would Fix the Economy: A Modest Proposal

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Members of Congress currently receive 174,000 smackeroos per year in base salary. What we should do is cut that salary to $100,000 per year, but provide incentives if Congress is able to successfully lower the unemployment rate.

On the Divide Between Opinions and Reality Regarding Pay-For-Performance Compensation

Jodi Beggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodi Beggs

If an employee doesn't have a lot of direct control over company profitability, asking for compensation in the form of stock, stock options, profit-sharing bonuses, etc., is a bit like buying a lottery ticket.

Overpaid

The 14th Banker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The 14th Banker

All the mortgage originators that submitted bad loan apps, knowing all along that is what they were doing, did not start off as fraudsters. Senior management made fraudsters, even banksters, out of them.

Wall Street Trumps Main Street: Asymmetric Info in Derivatives

The 14th Banker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The 14th Banker

Let me pull back the curtain on how derivatives work in one particular area on Main Street.

Health Care Incentives Can Work

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

New York State's Medicaid program recently announced an incentive program that would pay physicians approximately $23 more per visit if the physicians incorporated electronic records.

Yin/Yang at the Federal Reserve

Jason Paez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Paez

Consumers need a strong, independent agency that does not have inherent conflict within its core mission statement.

Perverse Incentives in Healthcare

Alan Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

A study recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery reveals once again our healthcare system's perverse incentives. The authors, from the ...

Tim Brown And IDEO: Designing To Innovate And Improve The World

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Back in June, I saw a screening of the Gary Hustwit documentary, Objectified, on how we often take for granted the objects that have transformed the w...

Dollars for Grades: A Feasible Solution to Our Broken Public School System?

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

If we don't embrace creative and progressive thought in improving our school systems, we're going to fail all of our children.