Incentives

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Using Insights and Incentives to End Rush Hour

A start-up called Urban Engines believes data analysis and commuter lotteries can help cities reduce congestion.

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The Neuroscience of Car Dependence

Why the brain has such a hard time considering all travel options.

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As Gas Prices Fluctuate, Support for Mass Transit Rises

We're attracted to the stability of bus and rail fares — not just their lower cost.

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America's Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing

Tough policies are the ones that would truly change commuter habits, but we're barely seeing them.

MPI's Zara Matheson

Regardless How They're Counted, Incentives Do Nothing for Economic Development

A follow-up on our analysis of The New York Times series on state and local incentives to business.

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The Uselessness of Economic Development Incentives

States, cities and counties give away $80 billion per year, but that doesn't seem to create stronger economies or lower unemployment.

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Despite Budget Crunch, the Great Film Production Incentives Race Continues

There have been more films shot in cities like Detroit and New Orleans in the last couple of years than ever before

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Should Cities Issue Prizes Instead of Tickets?

Incentivizing compliance for things like speeding or picking up dog poo can be a win for cities and residents, at least in the short run