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.

Why Dodge Minivan Owners Are Smiling

Seeing the pop in the price of a “pre-owned” Dodge minivan, we can look at the reasons for higher used car prices.

How a Cheap Airline Can Be Expensive

Reflecting an unbundled ticket, a list of discount airline fees indicates the extras we can pay for when we fly cheaply.

Why Congestion Pricing Is a Problem

New York City sound ready to proceed with a congestions pricing plan that resembles the system London wants to change.

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.