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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…

More Oil Dilemmas

The recent International Energy Agency (IEA) announcement is about a lot more than a tank of gas. Everyday, for 30 days, 2 million barrels of oil will be released from strategic petroleum reserves (SP…

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