Mass Transit Hysteria: Full Transcript

...where you’re going, Dubner. DUBNER: I’m going to introduce you to Eric Morris.  He’s a regular contributor to Freakonomics.com and he’s a professor of urban planning at Clemson University: Eric...

Why Is the Live-Event Ticket Market So Screwed Up?

...markets these days are pretty transparent and predictable and sensible. But the ticket market? BUDISH: This is a market that’s been screwed up for a long time. That’s Eric Budish,...

An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl

...at MIT while playing in the NFL; in Eric Winston, the president of the NFL players’ union; and in Justin Tuck, a recent retiree, with two Super Bowl rings, who’s...

Confessions of a Pothole Politician

...Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti(Photo: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Confessions of a Pothole Politician.”  (You can subscribe to the podcast at  iTunes or...

Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?

...I’m pretty much entirely wrong? ERIC POSNER: No, partly wrong. Not entirely wrong. It depends what you mean. I think, if what you’re saying is, “Oh, don’t worry. It’s Congress...

Is Eric James Torpy crazy? Maybe he is just better than you at computing Present Discounted Values

...The lawyers reached a plea agreement Tuesday for a 30-year term for a man accused of shooting with an intent to kill and robbery. But Eric James Torpy wanted his...

Eric Oliver on the “Bigot Belt”

...Eric Oliver is a colleague of mine at the University of Chicago. He is the author of the absolutely fantastic book Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America’s Obesity...

The Gas Tax Revisited: A Guest Post

...hurt much right now. (It’d be kind of like a SMarT Plan in reverse.) But as with all tax matters, things aren’t so simple. Eric A. Morris Eric A. Morris...

Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten

...“quadratic voting.” ERIC POSNER: My name is Eric Posner, and I’m a professor of law at the University of Chicago. And what’s the idea Professor Posner would like to kill?...

How Did “Freakonomics” Get Its Name? Full Transcript

...here’s a question from a reader named Eric who says–I think even I know the answer to this question—Eric says, “I’ve never really understood why nightclubs run ladies nights, why...