Apr 242013
 

This Freakonomics Radio on Marketplace podcast: In it, Steve Levitt tells Kai Ryssdal about a new website we’ve just launched that will help you make tough decisions in life while also taking part in academic research. And there’s Freakonomics swag to be had, too. (Levitt blogged about the new project yesterday.)

So if you or someone you know has a tough decision to make, head over to FreakonomicsExperiments.com. You can read about the experimental design and check out the FAQ. For instance:

Q: Just what is Freakonomics Experiments?

A: Freakonomics Experiments is a set of simple experiments about complex issues — whether to break up with your significant other, quit your job, or start a diet, just to name a few.

Sometimes in life you face one of these decisions, and you just don’t know what to do. In the end, whatever you decide will essentially be a flip of a coin. Freakonomics Experiments helps you make the decision by flipping that coin for you. Over the next few months, we’ll then check in with you with surveys and other materials. In turn, you’ll help further scientific research. Unlike most games of chance, participating in this experiment is win-win.

Transcript:

RYSSDAL: Time now for a little Freakonomics Radio. It’s that moment every couple of weeks we talk to the coauthors of the book and the blog of the same name. It is the hidden side of everything, of course. And today it is the brains if you will of the operation, Steven Levitt, professor of economics at the University of Chicago. Great to talk to you again.

 

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