Economic History

US economic history starts with the 13 colonies and the transition from communal to individual land ownership, continues with 19th century economic growth and takes us to the role of services during the 20th century. Involving government, consumers and businesses, at econlife, economic history provides more understanding of today’s economy.

The Downside of an Airplane’s Descent

For greener airlines, a plane’s stairway descent to the airport from 40,000 feet is one of many changes we should consider.

How Fast (Delivery) Became Slow

Looking back as far as the 19th century and as recently as the start of Amazon Prime, we can see how what we call fast delivery has changed.

Comparing Santa and UPS

Whether it’s what Santa does in 31 hours or the route of a UPS driver, comparing Santa Claus and UPS shows the holiday’s challenges.

What We Need To Know About E-ZPass

One of the little noticed transformative impacts on our lives was the arrival of toll-by-plate, aka, E-ZPass or AET (All Electronic Tolling).

Where More Diapers Are a Disaster

The ingredients of China’s new demographics recipe includes fewer marriages, a declining birth rate, more elderly, and interest in funerals.

When New Roads Have Cost Overruns and Benefit Shortfalls

Recent research indicates that Department of Transportation cost-benefit analysis for future transportation spending will be misleading.

Why We Want to Drive in Circles

As a national leader in building roundabouts, Carmel, Indiana is increasing road safety and diminishing pollution.

When a Cryptocurrency Almost Bought the Constitution

At Sotheby’s Constitution auction, a billionaire from the traditional investing world competed with cryptocurrency newcomer ConstitutionDAO

The Chips We Love and Hate

As supply chain problems continue, we will see fewer chips from Doritos and also from the auto manufacturers that need chips for car options.

Edison, Tesla, and the History of General Electric

Looking back and looking forward, we can say that General Electric history has been touched by Nikola Tesla.