Time Shifting

Dear Economist, Having recently acquired a personal video recorder, I find myself using the time-shift facility when watching commercial TV. I start watching a programme around 15 minutes after it has commenced broadcasting – by doing this, I am able to fast...

The Switch Doctor

Next time someone knocks on your door or telephones you and tries to persuade you to switch electricity suppliers, try to do better than a fellow who, to spare his blushes, I’ll just call ”Mr Blockhead”. According to research by two British economists, Chris Wilson...

Review: More Sex is Safer Sex

Review: More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics, by Steven Landsburg A new book has appeared on the tottering pile of popular economics tomes on my desk, and appropriately enough it is a welcome return from the writer who laid their foundation...

Susan Athey wins John Bates Clark medal

One of the most prestigious awards in academic economics, the John Bates Clark Medal, has been awarded to Susan Athey, a professor at Harvard University. Professor Athey, 36, is the first woman to win the Clark Medal, which is awarded every two years by the American...

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