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Freakonomics: Spite Happens

In Freakonomics Radio, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. In this episode, they explore our surprising propensity for spite. Dubner talks to economist Benedikt Herrmann about "money-burning" lab experiments, in which people often choose to surrender some of their own cash in order to take money away from other participants. Plus, athlete Bo Jackson's very costly decision to spurn one particular football team.
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