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    More or Less: Behind the Stats
    • WSMoreOrLess: The maths of spies and terrorists 01 Jun 13 by BBC Radio 4 Monday
      In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the killing of a British soldier on the streets of Woolwich in London, it emerged that the suspects were known to the security services. But how feasible is it for the authorities to keep track of eve...
    • MoreOrLess: The maths of spies and terrorists 31 May 13 by BBC Radio 4 May 31, 2013
      After the killing of a British soldier on the streets of Woolwich in London, it emerged that the suspects were known to the security services. But how feasible is it for the authorities to keep track of everyone on their watch list? Tim Harford cr...
    • WSMoreOrLess: Ryanair punctuality; mistakes in academic papers 26 May 13 by BBC Radio 4 May 27, 2013
      Tim Harford examines Ryanair’s claim that more than 90% of its flights land on time; and discovers that millions of scientific papers may be incorrect. Producer: Ruth Alexander
    • MoreOrLess: The economics of Scottish independence 24 May 13 by BBC Radio 4 May 24, 2013
      Tim Harford inspects the claims the UK Treasury and the Scottish government make about the economics of an independent Scotland; tests Ryanair’s claim that more than 90% of its flights land on time; re-runs the Eurovision song contest, excluding t...
    • WSMoreOrLess: Angelina Jolie’s 87% cancer risk 18 MAY 13 by BBC Radio 4 May 20, 2013
      As Angelina Jolie announces that an 87% cancer risk has prompted her to have a double mastectomy, Tim Harford assesses the probabilities associated with the disease. Plus, has the UK been hit by a Romanian crime wave?

    Freakonomics
    • Is Paying for Blood a Good Idea After All? by Freakonomics Today 8:28 am
      An article in Science by Nicola Lacetera, Mario Macis, and Robert Slonim summarizes their research on economic incentives and blood donation (abstract; PDF). Contrary to previous studies, the researchers found that various incentives, from gift ca...
    • In Praise of Mediocrity: An Excerpt From James Altucher’s Choose Yourself! by Stephen J. Dubner Today 7:07 am
      James Altucher, who has shown up on this blog a number of times -- and who was having lunch with me when we saw a lady get a mouse in her salad -- has a new book out. It's called Choose Yourself! Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream. It is a cl...
    • FREAKest Links by Freakonomics Yesterday
      1. Emily Oster answers relationship questions for WSJ readers. 2. Researchers predict a 15 percent decrease in abortion rates if Roe is overturned. 3. Is self-selection responsible for music students' superior scores on the SATs? 4. Fast food cons...
    • Marlo’s Monopoly by Daniel Hamermesh Yesterday
      We are belatedly watching The Wire, nearing the end of Season V. [N.B.: see Sudhir Venkatesh's series of blog posts called "What Do Real Thugs Think of The Wire?"] By Episode 6, Marlo Stanfield has killed off the competing retail drug lords and al...
    • Should We All Just Give Cash Directly to the Poor? by Freakonomics Yesterday
      Silicon Valley heavyweights like Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Google have a new favorite charity: GiveDirectly, an organization that makes direct transfers (via M-Pesa) to poor people in the developing world. From Forbes:“Instead of buildi...

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