In the WSJ today, the authors of Freakanomics have an essay reprinted from their new book
, entitled "How to Trick the Guilty and Gullible into Revealing Themselves" which discusses several everyday applications of theory practices including the idea that medieval Trial By Ordeal actually worked
), why Nigerian scammers reveal they are from Nigeria
, and the policy that Zappos came up with in which they offer a cash reward for new hires to quit working there, which other companies have now picked up as well.
Hatred and Profits: Getting Under the Hood of the Ku Klux Klan
(50 page pdf).
, of freakonomics fame, along with Roland Fryer
, has just released a new academic paper that assesses the rise and fall of the KKK from a variety of perspectives.
From one of the authors ...It details the rise and fall of the Klan in the 1920s. Incredibly, the Klan had millions of members at that time, and most of them were reasonably well-educated. Based on a variety of data sources, we argue that, despite its size and education levels, the group nevertheless had little measurable impact on society or politics...