What Can Movie Stars Tell Us About Marriage And Education?

According to a study published in the Journal of Human Capital, marriages among movie stars may help unravel the mystery behind why people tend to marry partners of similar education levels. It’s a question that’s been puzzling social scientists for years. Some reason that it is mostly due to monetary reasons: a partner with similar […]

Do You Need "Disgrace Insurance"?

Celebrity endorsements are all well and good ... until the celebrity starts misbehaving. That's where the insurance companies come in.

Adrian Grenier Answers Your Questions

Last week, we solicited your questions for the actor and director Adrian Grenier, whose new documentary film, Teenage Paparazzo, just made its HBO debut. His answers touch on everything from paparazzi methods to the role of the consumer in media culture. Thanks to all, especially Adrian, for playing along.

Entourage and the "Paps": Bring Your Questions for Adrian Grenier

We feature all kinds of people on this blog - drug dealers, prostitutes, even academic economists - but readers are always complaining that we don't have any movie stars. Today that changes. Below we are soliciting your questions for Adrian Grenier, the actor who plays Vincent Chase on HBO's Entourage and has appeared in The Devil Wears Prada and other films. Grenier also makes documentary films - Shot in the Dark (2002), which chronicled his search for his estranged father, and Teenage Paparazzo, which premieres on HBO on Sept. 27.

What Are the Limits of Unbranding?

Celebrity endorsements have been popular for a long time, but fashion experts are repotedly now practicing a new marketing strategy loosely known as "unbranding": "Allegedly, the anxious folks at these various luxury houses are all aggressively gifting our gal Snookums with free bags. No surprise, right? But here's the shocker: They are not sending her their own bags. They are sending her each other's bags! Competitors' bags!"

How to Talk to Celebrities Like Ron Popeil

The contest winner.

A Freakonomics Contest: What Do You Say to a Celebrity?

What would you say if you met a celebrity?

Economists vs. Catherine Zeta-Jones

This ad demonstrates that T-Mobile has a deep understanding of human nature.

Either that or they have been reading the economics literature.

Are the Obamas Bad for the Paparazzi Economy?

The paparazzi are like 18th-century pirates in that it’s hard to understand and control them until you realize that they’re rational, economic actors. The Obama administration seems to understand this. The White House has been strategically releasing photos of the Obamas in an attempt to drive down the value of paparazzi shots. The avalanche of […]

Why Do Animated Films Use Such Famous Voices?

I took my four children to the movie Coraline this weekend. After the movie, I asked them how they liked it. Their four answers: “great,” “good,” “O.K.,” and “Thank God it is over.” Coming from my kids, who always say the latest movie is their favorite, those are not very positive reviews. I have never […]