Dan Hamermesh Answers Your Questions About Beauty Pays

This week we solicited your questions for Dan Hamermesh, a regular Freakonomics contributor, and author of the new book Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful. A lot of...

Hamermesh on The Daily Show: Ugly People

Freakonomics contributor Dan Hamermesh was featured on The Daily Show last night, in a piece about ugly people. Hamermesh has done extensive research on the economic disadvantages of being unattractive....

Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad? (Ep. 335)

...Transgressions?,” by Daniel Effron and Benoît Monin (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, October 2010). “Endorsing Obama licenses favoring Whites,” by Daniel Effron, Jessica Cameron, and Benoît Monin (Journal of Experimental...

Do Boycotts Work? (Ep. 234)

...“ Mr. Fortune ” ] It would certainly seem as if the Montgomery Bus Boycott accomplished its goal. Or did it? DANIEL DIERMEIER: Being able to identify the actual causal...

How to Train Your Dragon Child (Ep. 325)

...2000, and issues relating to baby booms in Taiwan. For this part of the story, we need a demographer. Daniel GOODKIND: I’m Daniel Goodkind. I’m an independent researcher from Arlington,...

What Are the Secrets of the German Economy — and Should We Steal Them? (Ep. 304)

...rubble to rock star? Daniel STURM: Germany has a very unusual economic geography. MARIN: Germany is not a shareholder economy, it’s a stakeholder economy. Uwe REINHARDT: In Germany, the unions...

Daniel Kahneman Answers Your Questions

Two weeks ago, we solicited your questions for Princeton psychology professor and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, whose new book is called Thinking, Fast and Slow. You responded by asking 45...

Hamermesh’s Corollary

...mind if things break down when I have time to worry about and solve the problem. But that doesn’t happen. So I suggest Hamermesh’s Corollary to Murphy’s Law: “And it...

Reasons to Not Be Ugly (Ep. 153)

...Daniel Hamermesh, an economist at the University of Texas and a frequent contributor to this blog. Hamermesh talks to Stephen Dubner about his voluminous research on the topic, including his...