This week on Freakonomics Radio, how to win a Nobel Prize. Host Stephen Dubner talks with Per Stromberg, one of the people who choose the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. And we learn as many of his secrets as we can pry out of him. Then, what happens after you win the coveted Nobel Prize? First, you get a phone call in the middle of the night. Then, the person on the other end of the line assures you this is not a prank. Stephen Dubner talks to Nobel Prize winner of Economics Al Rothabout finding out he won the prize.
Plus, what can we learn about strategic thinking from author Jane Austen? Michael Chwe is an associate professor of political science at UCLA whose research centers on game theory and, as he puts it, “its applications to social movements and macroeconomics and violence — and this latest thing is about its applications maybe to literature.”