This week, Decision Science News’ Dan Goldstein travels to Boulder, and we team up for a joint post (over grilled steak). — Enjoy Most people are happy to have a few types of insurance coverage, typically home, health, and life insurance. However, you can insure most anything. A few of the more peculiar insurance products […]
Month: June 2011
Are Hollywood actors shorter than average?
How have you had friends or family meet a Hollywood actor and marvel at how short he is in real life? (This phenomenon seems to happen more often with males than females, so I will limit the discussion to male actors.) My friend, @markferne, had this experience recently: Now, Mark is a tall guy (6′ […]
A different kind of team buying.
A while ago, I wrote about how easy access to information has made consumers more powerful than ever. The rise of Groupon and other daily deal sites demonstrate this nicely. They offer retailers access to thousands of inboxes everyday. In exchange consumers get deep discounts on products and services. In other countries (China especially) there […]
When does good news make you less optimistic?
Later this month, Phil Fernbach is moving to Boulder, CO to join the Leeds School of Business as a post doc in the Center for Consumer Financial Decision Making. You may remember Phil from a few recent posts. He and I have been looking at how you can win The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest […]
When is it “too soon” to tell a joke?
There are two prominent issues related to comedy and timing: One has to do with the way that a joke is executed: how quickly it is uttered, where the punch line is placed, when to pause, etc. I will save this issue for a future post. The other has to do with whether sufficient time […]