A Free Market for Pandemic Futures? People who believe in free markets want to use them to predict disease. It's the latest effort to gain from the wisdom of crowds. A foundation is recruiting health experts to predict the spread of bird flu. If they give the world an early prediction of a pandemic, they profit.

A Free Market for Pandemic Futures?

A Free Market for Pandemic Futures?

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People who believe in free markets want to use them to predict disease. It's the latest effort to gain from the wisdom of crowds. A foundation is recruiting health experts to predict the spread of bird flu. If they give the world an early prediction of a pandemic, they profit.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

People who believe in free markets want to use them to predict disease. It's the latest effort to gain from the wisdom of crowds. The Pentagon gave up a plan to create a future's market to let people profit from predictions of terrorist attacks. But now a foundation is recruiting health experts to predict the spread of bird flu. Experts will be staked a hundred bucks to trade. They can profit if they give the world an early prediction of a flu pandemic.

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