Archive for the ‘Ethics’ Category

Lance Armstrong and the Business of Doping   Leave a comment

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Summary: Back in the 2000’s, Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service Cycling team were going all out to win the Tour de France.  After the doping scandal was uncovered, the business behind the team was discovered.  Planet Money discusses how professional cycling was dominated by doping, and how it was set up like a business.

Original Air Date: April 27, 2016

Length: 18 minutes 25 seconds

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory   Leave a comment

untitledLink: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/chuck-e-cheeses-kid-can-learn-price-theory/

Summary: Chuck E. Cheese’s has a reputation for offering family fun events at an affordable cost.  However, is the affordable cost the reason why infamous brawls between parents appear on YouTube? Freakonomics researches Chuck E. Cheese’s price strategy to find out what effect it has on disputes involving police.

Original Air Date: March 8, 2017

Length: 31 minutes 19 seconds

Why Do We Tip?   Leave a comment

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Summary: Tipping has become a staple in many industries in today’s society.  The common belief is that with better service results in a better tip.  Planet Money discusses whether a tip really is an incentive to give better service, or if it is now expected regardless of service.

Original Air Date: January 20, 2016

Length: 17 minutes 36 seconds

Discussion Question: Is it unethical to not give a tip if good service was given? Or is it unethical to expect a tip given it is a loss for the consumer? Discuss the incentives and utility for both the consumer and employee regarding tips.

The Zoo Economy   Leave a comment

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Summary: Due to regulations and animal cruelty, the market for animals has almost disappeared over the years.  Planet Money discusses how zoos and aquariums use different methods to get their animals without having to pay a single dollar and avoiding a PR disaster.

Original Air Date: September 9, 2016

Length: 17 minutes 22 seconds

Project Eavesdrop   Leave a comment

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Summary: New technology has been a great benefit to the global economy, but privacy could be at an all-time low.  Planet Money discusses the NSA and Edward Snowden in part 1 and investigates how secure you really are, and whether this is a problem for technology companies in part 2.

Original Air Date: June 10, 2014

Length: Part 1: 7 minutes 47 seconds Part 2: 7 minutes 47 seconds

Posted March 21, 2017 by jamezweb in Economic growth, Efficiency, Ethics, Planet Money, Technology, Utility

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Tax preparers prey on low-income filers, study finds   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/13/business/eitc

Summary: A 2016 study finds brand name tax branches targeting areas with a concentrated population of people receiving the income earned tax credit.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2016

Length: 1 minute 32 seconds

Posted October 14, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Ethics, Inequality, Taxes

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Brave’s new browser sets newspaper publishers on edge   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/08/world/brave-new-browser-sets-newspaper-publishers-edge

Summary: Marketplace explores the consequences Brave software’s ad blocking browser has on websites, specifically newspaper outlets that depends on ads for revenue.

Original Air Date: April 8, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 15 seconds

Posted September 28, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Ethics, Technology

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