Never mind hunting for a needle in a haystack — what if you’re hunting for the actual haystack? Last summer’s drought across the nation’s agricultural belt has led to a spate of hay thefts as farmers face record prices for this crucial livestock feed.
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about why everyone’s willing to cheat a little, why you’ll steal a staple from work but not petty cash and whether punishments for cheating actually work
An estimated 4,500 cattle have been reported missing or stolen this year in Texas and Oklahoma. And the livestock thieves seem to know exactly what they’re doing. “These guys are not your typical fly-by-night, …