How to Select the Best Countries

Instead of collecting a massive volume of statistics, iU.S. News uses people’s perceptions to rank the world’s 78 best countries.

Where Housing Prices Are Going Through the Roof

Whether looking at lumber or houses, we see a housing boom that is an example of classic supply and demand.

What Your Car Says About You and Your Neighborhood

If we want to know neighborhood characteristics about income, education, and even politics, we just need to know its cars.

Why Car Colors Matter

Choosing car colors is about more than an appearance when we look more closely at resale value, temperature, and theft.

Why You Should Bet On a Vaccine

Giving us unbiased insight about the future, vaccine prediction markets can help us predict when the economy could return to normal.

The Corporate Tax Rates That Are Not What They Appear To Be

Right now, the U.S. corporate tax rate is close to the world average:   But, if other OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries agree with Janet Yellen, we could wind up with a global minimum corporate tax for…

The Economic Side of a License Plate

Long ago, someone figured out that we needed a license plate as an identifier. In New York State, between 1901 and 1909, drivers made their own from felt, leather, or metal. The first NYS plates had people’s initials:   Once…

What We Can Learn From Used Car Prices

Some economists are asking if the increase in used car prices is an indicator of the path that future inflation will take.

Apples, Oranges, and the Global Covid-19 Fiscal Response

Trying to compare the incomparable, we sometimes say it’s like apples and oranges because they are so different. It turns out that they aren’t that different but they’re not really similar either:   The same is true for the Covid-19…

A Goldilocks Look at the U.S. Debt

How to decide if adding $4 trillion (or so) to the U.S. debt is too much, too little, or just right? We can start with ourselves and ask if $200,000 is a lot to borrow when you buy a home.…