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Keith Chen Is Uber's Head Of Economics And Decides When Uber Surges Price : NPR
Riders aren't always rational in their hatred for surge. For example, you're more likely to take an Uber when it's surging 2.1 times than 2.0. Why? Well, it might be helpful to look at another company: eBay. Economists found sellers who priced their goods with round numbers (i.e. $50 instead of $49) sold their items quicker. The researchers hypothesize that round numbers signal the sellers' impatience to sell and, thus, their willingness to accept a lower price. In other words, round numbers signal carelessness or imprecision.

From an Uber rider's perspective, Keith says, a round number surge like two times looks like the company is just slapping on a higher price tag because it's raining. But when it's 2.1 times as much, we think there must be a complex algorithm (which there is) coming up with that figure. The ride, then, is surely worth 2.1 times as much.
Uber  ridesharing  prices  pricing  consumer  research  impact  NPR  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Couples' Physical Health Becomes More Alike Over Time : Shots - Health News : NPR
We think of aging as something we do alone, the changes unfolding according to each person's own traits and experiences. But researchers are learning that as we age in relationships, we change biologically to become more like our partners than we were in the beginning.

"Aging is something that couples do together," says Shannon Mejia, a postdoctoral research fellow involved in relationship research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "You're in an environment together, and you're appraising that environment together, and making decisions together." And through that process, you become linked physically, not just emotionally.

It's like finishing each other's sentences, but it's your muscles and cells that are operating in sync.
aging  relationships  research  convergence  health  NPR  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The fight for the future of NPR: Can public radio survive the podcast revolution?
A slow-moving bureaucracy. An antiquated business model. A horde of upstart competitors. Can National Public Radio survive?
NPR  NPROne  Embedded  radio  podcast  AdamDavidson  JarlMohn  AlexBlumberg  author:LeonNeyfakh  Slate  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Episode 606: Spreadsheets! : Planet Money : NPR
Spreadsheets used to be actual sheets of paper. Sometimes, a bunch of sheets of paper taped together.

Then, in the late '70s, a bored student invented the electronic spreadsheet. It transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.

As one journalist wrote more than 30 years ago, "The spreadsheet is a tool, and it is also a world view — reality by the numbers."

Today's show was inspired by A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge, a 1984 article by Steven Levy.
spreadsheets  history  MicrosoftExcel  finance  PlanetMoney  NPR  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR
Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men.

But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.

But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.

Today on the show, what was going on in 1984 that made so many women give up on computer science? We unravel a modern mystery in the U.S. labor force.
technology  gender  women  USA  NPR  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
Inequality Is Falling On Planet Earth : Planet Money : NPR
Inequality is rising in the U.S. You know this. As the graph below shows, incomes since 1988 have been flat for poor and middle-class people, and rising for the upper-middle-class and, especially, for the wealthy. A bunch of causes are commonly cited for rising inequality. One is globalization: Competition from foreign workers has kept a lid on wages for low-skilled workers, and added to gains for some at the top of the income ladder. But globalization is also responsible for a decline in worldwide income inequality. In the past few decades, globalization has led to rising incomes for billions of very poor people, mostly in Asia.
income  incomeinequality  inequality  global  USA  comparison  NPR  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists? : Planet Money : NPR
A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What's the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood?
income  employment  parents  datavisualisation  trends  NPR  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
We Took A 2,428-Mile Road Trip Along The Mexico Border: Here's What We Saw
Mexico  USA  border  webjournalism  visualweb  innovation  creativeshowcase  NPR  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral

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