Shit You Don't Learn in School

29. Grappling with Unintended Consequences

June 08, 2021 Season 2
Shit You Don't Learn in School
29. Grappling with Unintended Consequences
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Shit You Don't Learn in School
29. Grappling with Unintended Consequences
Jun 08, 2021 Season 2

The world is run by incentives, but what happens when those incentives go wrong? In this episode, Calvin and Steph talk through the Cobra Effect, a phenomena incentives designed to improve society actually end in negative consequences, often resulting in actions counter to the original goal. They discuss several examples of the effect and how people can not only be more aware of it, but also how they can design better incentive structures moving forward.

Show Notes

The world is run by incentives, but what happens when those incentives go wrong? In this episode, Calvin and Steph talk through the Cobra Effect, a phenomena incentives designed to improve society actually end in negative consequences, often resulting in actions counter to the original goal. They discuss several examples of the effect and how people can not only be more aware of it, but also how they can design better incentive structures moving forward.