Gender Issues: Sexism Sells

By Lilli DeBode, guest blogger, senior at Kent Place School Basically everyone saw this commercial. And if you didn’t see it, consider yourself lucky. You were one of the few who were spared the exper…

Changing Air Travel Routes

The marketplace affects where we can and cannot fly. If you need to travel between Lima, Peru and Atlanta, you can thank asparagus lovers. More than passenger traffic, Delta values the route because o…

India's Car Horns

Standing near a busy intersection in Calcutta, you would hear a horn honk every 3 seconds. Or, as one Audi India executive explained, “With the amount of honking in Mumbai, we do on a daily basi…

The iPhone 5 Map App

While Apple’s iPhone 5 map app might not always take us where we want to go, it will probably provide a path to some surprising innovation. A little history first… The iPhone 4 was release…

Speed Pricing

What does a price tell you? Assume that you were going to purchase a GE Advantium 120 microwave oven on Sunday, August 12. Comparing Sears, Best Buy and Amazon’s sellers at 3 a.m., you would hav…

Movie Economics

Having just seen and enjoyed Bernie, “a low-budget ‘labor of love’” with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, I started thinking about the economics of the movie business. It is to…

A Blurry Customer Focus

Several years ago, I walked into my local bank branch at 5:55. Knowing that they closed at 6:00, I thought I had some time but they said I was too late. I said I had 5 minutes, they said no and by the…

Developing a Soda Habit

Why do Brazilians drink Coca-Cola? Our story starts during 1990. Trying to cope with an 80% monthly inflation rate, Brazilian shoppers rushed to supermarkets early in the morning before higher price s…

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