Ranking Schemes

I just looked at the U.S. News and World Report ranking for business schools. Then, while I was there, I could not resist checking out the “best” colleges and their new best connected cate…

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.…

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