Dad-or-Daughter Contest: We Have a Winner

(iStockphoto) I’m happy to announce that Elizabeth Simpson won the Dad-or-Daughter Songwriting Contest by correctly identifying Friend Zone as the song that I coauthored with my daughter, as well as...

How Can We Measure Innovation? A Freakonomics Quorum

...Company” in the 2007 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. “Embracing failure … brings you dangerously close to failure’s more deadly cousin, flailing.” “It’s such a fine line between stupid...

Freakonomics Radio Archive

...slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love? 6/12/14 37:14 169 Failure Is Your Friend In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but...

An Economist's Tipping Strategy

My friend agreed that the server had made these errors (and indeed, the sever himself acknowledged that the service was subpar), Nevertheless, my friend still wanted us to leave a...

The Economic Value of Popularity

It probably seems obvious to most people that being likeable and having good friends could be valuable in life. Since most economists are neither likeable nor have good friends, it...

Friend Turnover

604 people about their friends and again seven years later, and found that only 48 percent of people’s original friends were still part of their network after that time period....

Anybody Need a Best Friend?

This guy is offering to be your best friend, for a price, via eBay. He lives in New York City and calls himself Rent-a-Pal: “The lucky Winning Bidder and RENTAPAL...

On the Failure of Macroeconomists

...policy, and almost no one provides similar subsidies for fiscal research. Whatever the reason, the failure of macroeconomists to speak to this critical policy issue undermines our claim to relevance....