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.

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.

Why It’s Tough To Eat Less (Real) Chocolate

When the fight against obesity comes down to a battle against chocolate consumption, winning will be tough.

How a Bottle of Wine Is Like a Delta Jet

The 2019 Trump Administration tariffs on wine from four targeted European countries and on Airbus airplanes distorted buyers’ behavior.

Office Paper, Pizza Boxes, and the Pandemic

The pandemic has created the incentive to recycle more (cheesy) pizza boxes because we are recycling less office paper.

How Lockdowns and Legalization Are Changing Marijuana

Ranging from lockdowns to legalization, there are many reasons that our marijuana demand and supply are changing.

Who Will Sacrifice Civil Liberties During a Pandemic?

Comparing 14 different countries, we would find the willingness to make civil liberties trade-offs for better health conditions varies.

Why We Could Have Twist Tie Tariffs

Just like Alaskans have many words for snow, Bedford Industries has a lot of names for twist ties. There are spooled ties and poly twists, clip bands and double wire tin-ties. And that was only the beginning. I copied some…