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Is your Uber driver an employee or an independent contractor?

The ride-sharing company Uber has appealed a recent decision of the California Labor Commissioner’s Office declaring a former Uber driver to be an “employee” of the company and not an “independent contractor.” (For more information, here is the actual decision itself, and here is a … Continue reading

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Coase theorem primer (police shooting video edition)

Broadly speaking, the so-called Coase theorem states that when bargaining is feasible (i.e. when transaction costs are low), bargaining among parties with conflicts of interest will produce an efficient economic outcome regardless of the initial allocation of property rights. English economist … Continue reading

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Is a Snickers candy bar tax deductible?

In a word, no. What if you ate the candy bar during work hours while you were working? The answer is still no. The larger question is this: are snacks ever deductible? And do you prefer a simple “bright-line rule” or … Continue reading

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Pop Quiz (game theory edition)

The image above (courtesy of Matt H. Evans) contains four colorful quadrants depicting the basic elements of game theory, a mathematical approach to human behavior. Which one of these quadrants, however, is redundant? 

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Game of Chicken (cult classic edition)

Can we model politics, litigation, and other forms of competition as games of chicken?

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Copyright infringement?

J’s on your feet? Via Darren Rovell: A photographer by the name of Jacobus Rentmeester is suing Nike for copyright infringement (you can read more about this case here), alleging that his picture of Michael Jordan (left) was changed slightly by Nike … Continue reading

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Optimal video length for student engagement is six minutes …

According to this report by Philip Guo, Juho Kim, and Rob Rubin, who studied student engagement with online courses offered by the edX consortium (edX’s Wikipedia here). Guo, Kim, and Rubin took all 862 educational videos from four edX courses offered in the fall of 2012 … Continue reading

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