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Episode 39

The Economist’s Guide to Parenting

Think you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing.

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Episode 39

The Economist’s Guide to Parenting (Replay)

Think you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing.


The Birth of Parentonomics: A Guest Post

My friend Joshua Gans is one of Australia’s best young economists, and he is also a parent. And as passionate as Joshua is about economics, he’s just as passionate about…




"Information Wants to Be Shared"

The Australian economist Joshua Gans, who has shown up on this blog before, has published a new book called Information Wants to Be Shared. It “looks at the struggles facing…



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Episode 34

Things Our Fathers Gave Us

What did Levitt and Dubner learn as kids from their dads?

Reading About Kids and Economics

A while back, I wrote about the Game Theorist blog, in which my friend Joshua Gans writes about his adventures as an economist-parent (or equally, as a parent-economist). Each role…



Find My Phone

…the phone and deter crime. The success of the iPhone tracking apps suggests that this is a market that is waiting to be more completely filled. (Hat tip: Joshua Gans)…



Dilbert on Diversification

…our system (we’re working on it), time diversification will require some additional work.? But doing a better job diversifying risk across time can be worth the effort. (Hat Tip:?Joshua Gans)…



Emily Oster is a liar!

…9. Knowing she spent more than 15 years working on the project, it is easier for me to understand how it turned out so great. (Hat tip to Joshua Gans.)…



Betsey Stevenson Answers Your Questions

…might do to encourage parental leave will still not change the fact that it is likely that women will take it up more than men.? –Joshua Gans A. OK, as…




'Tis the Season Puzzler

…Here’s?a (self-promotional) hint. Can you conjure a?Google trend with a countercyclical pattern (that is, with elevated searching before the New Year but lower than average levels in January)? (HT:?Joshua Gans)…



Should You “Ferberize” Your Baby?

Joshua Gans, (author of the forthcoming Parentonomics), has an interesting post on “data-driven Parenting.” Turns out that there is a cool web service: Trixie Tracker, that allows parents to record…



Abnormal Economics

Over at CoreEconomics, Joshua Gans points out that Steve Levitt’s research is no longer judged to be normal economics. Or at least his work doesn’t belong with the “normal papers.”…




Parents Are Less Happy. So What?

…and happiness, you’ll hear plenty more from Betsey and me, and our own little natural experiment—our daughter Matilda. You’ll also hear from Bryan Caplan, and Joshua Gans of Parentonomics fame….