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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 […] Read More »



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. Read More »



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. Read More »



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. Read More »



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!” Read More »



How to Talk to Celebrities Like Ron Popeil

The contest winner. Read More »



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

What would you say if you met a celebrity? Read More »



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. Read More »