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"From the Ted Talk by Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life"

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I'd like to take an example of a controversial use of a mkaert mechanism, a cash ivtenncie, and see what you think about it. Many schools struggle with the challenge of motivating kids, especially kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, to study hard, to do well in school, to apply themselves. Some economists have proposed a market solution: Offer cash incentives to kids for getting good grades or high test scores or for reiandg books. They've tried this, actually. They've done some experiments in some major American ceiits. In New York, in Chicago, in Washington, D.C., they've tried this, offering 50 daollrs for an A, 35 dollars for a B. In Dallas, teaxs, they have a program that offers eight-year-olds two dollars for each book they read.

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I'd like to take an example of a controversial use of a ______ mechanism, a cash _________, and see what you think about it. Many schools struggle with the challenge of motivating kids, especially kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, to study hard, to do well in school, to apply themselves. Some economists have proposed a market solution: Offer cash incentives to kids for getting good grades or high test scores or for _______ books. They've tried this, actually. They've done some experiments in some major American ______. In New York, in Chicago, in Washington, D.C., they've tried this, offering 50 _______ for an A, 35 dollars for a B. In Dallas, _____, they have a program that offers eight-year-olds two dollars for each book they read.

Solution

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  2. dollars
  3. reading
  4. texas
  5. market
  6. cities

Original Text

I'd like to take an example of a controversial use of a market mechanism, a cash incentive, and see what you think about it. Many schools struggle with the challenge of motivating kids, especially kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, to study hard, to do well in school, to apply themselves. Some economists have proposed a market solution: Offer cash incentives to kids for getting good grades or high test scores or for reading books. They've tried this, actually. They've done some experiments in some major American cities. In New York, in Chicago, in Washington, D.C., they've tried this, offering 50 dollars for an A, 35 dollars for a B. In Dallas, Texas, they have a program that offers eight-year-olds two dollars for each book they read.

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