February 2011

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The price of a balanced diet

If Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, it’s not because they are too expensive. An adult American could meet the daily dose of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Department of Agriculture for less than $2.50 a day. That’s … Continue reading

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

The price of romance

According to the Wall Street Journal, it is stable.

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Friday, February 11th, 2011

The price of malaria

This stunning chart is in Bill Gates’ annual letter. It shows that people in countries with a heavier burden of infectious disease tend to have a lower I.Q. Apparently this is due to several factors. Malaria directly damages the brain … Continue reading

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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The price of development

I was interviewed on Poptech about the price of education in India, fertilizer in Kenya and human life in Zimbabwe.

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The price of snow

What has all this snow cost us? One reads about the impact of snow on New York City’s budget. But what about the rest of us? Those living in Connecticut may have to factor in the price of a new … Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Why is the price of food rising?

Paul Krugman has an excellent analysis here of the rising prices of grains. He argues it’s essentially due to bad weather and failed harvests in countries of the former Soviet Union. The problem is exacerbated by bad weather and failed … Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Price of Super-lawyers.

In The Price of Everything I write about how pay is becoming increasingly lopsided around the world. The trend is evident from top entertainers to star chief executives at big multinational corporations:  superstars are reaping a growing share of the … Continue reading

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

Great review in The New York Times Book Review!

Megan Buskey writes: “At a time of seemingly proliferating risks, though, Porter’s searching book is a welcome reminder of the necessity of prudent decision making.”

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

The Washington Post review

Is fascinated by the “Freakonomics-like narrative” of The Price of Everything.

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

The price of sport stars

I discuss sports with Jeremy Schaap on ESPN Radio’s “The Sporting Life.”

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