Bring Us Your Freakonomics Questions for Another Radio FAQ

It’s time again to record another FAQ podcast (that’s “FREAK-quently Asked Questions”), and we need your help!

Every once in a while, we solicit questions from Freakonomics readers and answer them on Freakonomics Radio. Levitt always has a great time doing this, as evidenced by his answers to why “I don’t know” is so hard to say or why we vote (or don’t).

So fire away in the comments section below, and keep up with the podcast at iTunes or via the RSS feed to see if your question gets answered.


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  1. Alvin Lieu says:

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  2. Emily says:

    I am headed to Boston for art school in the fall and understand you, dear Levitt, attended Harvard. Art is my passion but I secretly wish I was attending school for economics instead (more like in addition to). In what ways can I get plugged into the econ-world of Boston as an art student?

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  3. don oesterle says:

    Why aren’t age requirement penalties eliminated in pension plans? With people not staying in one place for 30+ years why not allow a freezing without penalty after 20 years and collect at normal retirement age? Most senior workers cost to an employer with benefits, healthcare and pay far exceeds a replacement worker. Wouldn’t this create jobs and allow public sector govt workers to move on and start buisnesses, creating even more jobs?

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  4. Kieron George says:

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  5. Kieron George says:

    Do you think that some kind of Egalitarian Slavery could be possible? Slavery has always horribly misused, and the abuse, inhumanity and racism has turned it into something disgusting which it technically isn’t by definition.

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  6. Adam says:

    One of the arguments for keeping a privatized health-care system is that it drives innovation in a way that keeps the USA at the forefront of research. As a graduate student who does research (in a non-medical field) I strongly feel that research funding (NSF, NIH, etc) drives progress more than having a private vs. public system. Is there any way to validate (or disprove) this theory?

    I have seen non-military research budgets slashed by the same people that tell us how public health care dooms us to subpar and late technologies. It seems to me that regardless of if we continue towards a nationalized system or if we repeal the current administration’s efforts that we will fail to provide technological advances. However, this failure will be because of the research funding issue and have little to nothing to do with the healthcare system.

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  7. Kieron George says:

    What are your opinions on Technocracies and the direct integration of scientist and economist into the state?

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  8. Kieron George says:

    Is a (representative) lottocracy the best form of democracy? It mathematically ensures a perfect reflection of the public opinion’s representation in government. It also encourages better voting as one’s vote could be THE VOTE that gets one (or one’s representative) elected, and who doesn’t enjoy lotteries more than voting?

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