The Despair of Learning that Experience No Longer Matters Of all the accounts of the plight of the white working class that appeared during the 2016 election, the work of the married Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton seemed … Continue reading The deaths of despair
Enter the Ambition Fatigue “Fuck ambition.” That’s Elisa Albert, the novelist and short story writer and editor; the line might have been muttered, though, by many of the women who are making their way through the present American moment. Ambition, … Continue reading Ambitious women
Incentives Don’t Help People Change, but Peer Pressure Does What motivates people to change the way they work? When organizations introduce new processes or systems, or when they want to stimulate performance for certain business practices, they often assemble dedicated … Continue reading The crowding-out effect of incentives
One Way to Save Money, Reduce Fraud and Employ People Faster During the height of the Great Recession, when 10 percent of workers were out of a job, unemployment insurance pumped $155 billion into the pockets of laid-off workers. Today, … Continue reading How to improve benefits programs
Walking the Walk: Can ideas42 Team Members Truly Disconnect? Happy New Year! We hope you were able to take some time off at the end of 2016, and that your 2017 is off to a good, fresh start. At ideas42, … Continue reading Disconnected at Christmas?
Why Morning People Should Not Work at Night It has been known for a long time that early risers work less efficiently at night than night owls do. But researchers from the Higher School of Economics and Oxford University have … Continue reading The influence of sleep deprivation
When Tough Performance Goals Lead to Cheating When Enron, one of the world’s largest energy companies, collapsed in 2001, it sent shock waves through the corporate world. Revelations of systematic fraud, deception, and corruption across the organization showed the devastating … Continue reading Incentives to cheating