Skip Navigation
NPR News
New students sit and wait to be welcomed (DDP/AFP/Getty Images)

Summer's Over, Slackers. Back To School.

Sep 10, 2010

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this

Explore this

Reported by

Related Topics at

We got all excited about school starting up again. So we reached out to a bunch of econ profs and asked them to give us their best stuff — the stories they tell to try to hook their students on economics.

On today's Planet Money, we bring you a few of our favorites.

There's the one about the brilliant economist who figured out how to get sea captains to stop killing their passengers. (For the full story, read our post from this morning.)

There's the story of Mexico City's effort to fight pollution by keeping private cars off the street one day a week. It was something along the lines of: If your license plate number ends in five or six, you can't drive on Monday; seven or eight, you can't drive on Tuesday; etc. It didn't work out so well.

And there's the economist who kept losing his slippers, and paid his 7-year-old son $1 every time he found them. Pretty soon, the kid started hiding the slippers and making easy money.

What is it with these economists and their kids, anyway?

Subscribe to the podcast. Music: Magic Bullets' "Lying Around." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Flickr.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR

Visitor comments


NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.