Storm Warnings

Some thoughts today about predicting natural disasters. Weeks before 308 people perished in L’Aquila from an earthquake, a government commission proclaimed the chance was slim that a disaster wo…

The Cafe Menu

How will a 54.5 mpg CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) mandate affect us? We start with a mystery.  Because Minivans are big and heavy, they should be the source of a large proportion of all traffi…

A Fine That Backfired

Sometimes, deterrents won’t work. Our story begins at several Israeli day-care centers. Because some parents were picking up their children after dismissal time, two economists suggested a fine.…

Tuition Intuition

With tuition and student loans skyrocketing, the Obama Administration has urged colleges to charge less and Congress to lower the cap on monthly payments. Maybe though, they are targeting the wrong so…

Bag Wars

Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting pla…

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