What Is the Future of Suburbia? A Freakonomics Quorum

...Several months ago, we ran a quorum here about urbanization, pegged to the fact that more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. Given the economic changes...

A Freakonomics Quorum: How to Save the African Rhino?

...people we know or tracked down, who might have particular insights to this particular problem. As such, we bring you the inaugural Freakonomics quorum, composed of the following group: the...

How Prevalent Is Insider Trading? And What's to Be Done About It? A Freakonomics Quorum

...rise.” So it seemed a good time to put together a Freakonomics Quorum and ask a couple of straightforward questions: Just how prevalent is insider trading? And what, if anything,...

Freakonomics Quorum: Why, During a Bad Economy, Does Crime Continue to Fall?

...issue, it seemed like a good time to convene a Freakonomics Quorum. We put out the following question to a group of experts including some of the very academics whose...

Why Has There Been So Much Hacking Lately? Or Is It Just Reported More? A Freakonomics Quorum

...is there really more hacking than usual of late, or are we just more observant? To answer this question, we put together a Freakonomics Quorum of cyber-security and I.T. experts...

The Debate over Teacher Merit Pay: A Freakonomics Quorum

...conclusion to draw? For answers to these and related questions, we decided to convene a Freakonomics Quorum. We reached out to a handful of education researchers and experts, and asked...

Freakonomics Quorum: The Economics of Street Charity

...This format has become known as the Freakonomics Quorum. (The first one we did was about strategies to save the African rhino.) This time the participants are: Arthur Brooks, who...

Freakonomics Quorum: Is It Time to Believe in the Housing Bubble?

Following last week’s quorum about street charity, we’ve now brought in a half-dozen bright people to address a very different issue: Is it finally time to believe in the housing...

Freakonomics Quorum: What is the Right Way to Think About the Obesity ‘Epidemic’?

...a Freakonomics Quorum, with recent discussions on street charity and the housing market. Here are the participants for the discussion on obesity: J. Eric Oliver, a professor of political science...

What’s Your Family Vacation Nightmare? A Freakonomics Quorum

Over the past several weeks, we’ve hosted discussions on obesity, street charity, real estate, and environmental conservation. Here now is a quorum that lets people relive the just-about-gone summer. The...