How Coronavirus Causes Canned Corn Shortages

First it was toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Now it’s canned corn. But the story is somewhat different. Canned Corn Shortages This year, we’ve purchased a lot more corn. Second only to tomatoes in dollar value, canned corn sales are…

What (Baseball) Spitballs and (Coronavirus) Sanitizer Have in Common

During the 1870s some players discovered they could change a baseball’s trajectory at precisely the right moment. It just took a bit of spit. Decades later they banned the spitball because it made for boring games. Fans wanted more action,…

The Great Lid Shortage of 2020

Perhaps unnoticed because of its lesser impact on our lives, the pandemic lockdowns created the great lid shortage of 2020.

What Our Labor Day Cookout Might Be Missing

Hit by less supply and more demand, our Labor Day cookouts will suffer from hot dog shortages and higher prices.

Why We Should Worry About Our Bananas

Because our banana supply could be obliterated, we will have to adjust to a replacement that might taste somewhat different.

An Airfare Pricing Mystery

The airlines need to solve airfare pricing problems because their algorithms depend on historic data that is no longer relevant.

The Pandemic’s Pepperoni Problem

In addition to Dr. Pepper and toilet paper, we now can place pepperoni shortages on a list of the products that have been hit by the pandemic.

What an Oil Boom and Bust Do to a Town

Sometimes like a roller coaster, the change in prices that cause an oil boom and bust can transform drilling towns and cities.

The Mystery of the Artless Heist

When the ownership rights of a $3.1 million John Constable painting are unclear, no one can buy or sell, display, or conserve it.

How to Price a Covid-19 Drug

When pricing Remdesivir, the list of considerations includes total development costs, the cost for each dose, and the benefits that patients receive.