Video Game Economics

Sometimes a virtual world can show us some economic reality. Here is the story: There once was a Greek economist who, for many years, happily wrote papers and taught classes, in (he said) his “a…

The Riskiest Movies

Because Bart the Bear was no ordinary bear, anytime he appeared in a movie, the cost could have been $250,000. Yes, Bart’s salary was pricey but the $250,000 was all about insurance. Most produc…

Movie Tickets

Should you pay more to see a blockbuster film during the Christmas holidays when movie going peaks? Less for an obscure foreign film? More on Saturday and at 7 pm? Less on Tuesday and 11 am? The issue…

Moneyball Economics

A wonderful baseball movie, Moneyball is also about economics. The story focuses on the Oakland Athletics, a second-tier baseball team with a small budget. A speedy runner? A homerun hitter? The stars…

A Conservation Dilemma

Should the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (aka the Sand Dune Lizard), a 3-inch striped reptile, be listed under the Endangered Species Act? Here is the problem. The home of the Sand Dune Lizard is also the ho…

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