The Tipping System Is Immoral For most of my life I’ve been glad that America is a society that relies heavily on tipping. First, tipping allows us to reward excellent service. Second, in a world of rising economic inequality, a … Continue reading Service compris or tipping?
Extrinsic Motivation: It Might Be Even Worse Than You Thought When Carly Robinson, a researcher at Harvard’s Student Social Support R&D Lab, designed a study with her colleagues to look at the impact of attendance awards, they expected to see … Continue reading License to miss school
The workplace is a lonely place, but it doesn’t have to be In early 2017, Shelly Schneider accepted a new job at a large insurance company. With a desk surrounded by hundreds of coworkers, she expected to have a robust … Continue reading The cost of loneliness
Work Requirements Are (Socially) Toxic Sludge Work requirements for anti-poverty programs don’t encourage work, as their proponents claim. Instead, the evidence indicates, these misguided policies make it harder for people to maintain or find employment. Their principal effect is stripping … Continue reading Anti-poverty programs
When Cash Is Not the Best Thank You Assume you are going to a friend’s home for dinner. Having had no time to pick up a bottle of wine, instead you give your host $30. Nobel laureate Alvin Roth calls … Continue reading Repugnant transactions
When the Bully Is the Boss Senator Amy Klobuchar’s nascent campaign is fending off a stream of stories from former staffers that she was a volatile, highhanded boss who often demeaned and humiliated people who worked for her. She has … Continue reading Does being tough help?
The most effective public policy and practice nudges of 2018 Nudges often only influence a small fraction of the target group because they preserve choice by definition, as opposed to incentives or penalties, but are still good value as they … Continue reading Nudging public servants