What the Unemployment Rate Hides

Seemingly evident through a monthly report that states the jobless rate and job losses or gains, real unemployment figures can be hidden.

Why Recent Stock Market Fluctuations Are Tough To Explain

Looking at a Covid-19 time table, economic fundamentals, and economic uncertainty, we can try to explain recent stock market fluctuations.

Will We Have More Pandemic Babies?

When we look at Google word searches, at family planning surveys, and at past multi-year disasters, we can predict pandemic birth rates.

Where Gasoline Is Most and Least Affordable

When we look at where the world’s gasoline prices are high and low, we could be surprised with their affordability.

Checking on China: Phase One of the Trade Deal

Looking at the Peterson Institute’s 2020 numbers for the first phase of the US-China Trade Deal, we can see if the agreement is working.

Why We Need to Know About the Cupcake Bubble

Long gone, but still here in many ways, the cupcake bubble is a timeless story about more than decadent food.

What We Can Learn From Santa’s Age

As a CEO at the North Pole, Santa is a manager who runs a toy workshop. But he wears many hats. In addition, he is a private investigator who knows which children have been good and bad. He is also…

The Unexpected Cost of a Pistachio Nut

A small city in California is dealing with a big dilemma. Ridgecrest is the home of thriving pistachio farmers. The city also depends on a nearby U.S. Navy base for most of its tax revenue. They both need a lot…

Where Mount Everest Economics Take Us

Whether looking at its newfound height, the traffic jams, or the role of Nepal, Mount Everest always takes us to the margin.

When a Scotch Egg Is Like an Apple (iPad)

Sometimes regulatory incentives can have consequences that make a Scotch egg in the U.K. and an Apple iPad in the U.S. similar.