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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.


#205 Planet Money: Allowance, Taxes And Potty Training

August 21st, 2010

Episode 300 of 902 episodes

It's really, really hard to create the right kind of economic incentives -- even if you're a professional economist, and all you're trying to do is teach your kids to use the toilet. On today's Planet Money, we talk to Joshua Gans, an economist at the University of Melbourne -- and his 11-year-old daughter. He explains the system he constructed and rules he enforced. But like tiny Wall-Street bankers, the kids figured out how to work the system for maximum advantage.

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