Environmental Dilemmas

It’s the same question. Economic development or conservation? During April, the headline said, “Uganda Seeks to Reconcile Oil-Nature.” Now, in Tanzania, “Proposed Serengeti Highway Is Lined With Prospects and Fears.” The places differ but the issues are the same. In…

Silver Job Fairs

It is more likely that a 75 year-old South Korean will be working than a 60 year old Frenchman. According to OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and development) statistics cited by Floyd Norris, workers in South Korea and Japan remain…

China’s Market

Sort of like jumbo shrimp and a working vacation, we could say that an authoritarian market is an oxymoron.The chief economist of the World Bank, Justin Yifu Lin, would disagree. As described in a recent New Yorker Magazine profile, Dr.…

Supply, Demand, and Kimchi

The kimchi mini-crisis is a perfect tale of supply and demand. Kimchi, “a fiery cabbage-based staple of Korea,” is typically made from “seasoned, fermented napa cabbage”. Farmers supply the napa cabbage for kimchi and demand comes from restaurants and consumers.…

More Than Chicken Feet

Chicken feet are back in the news. But the story is about much more. A delicacy in China, chicken feet are a perfect U.S. export. Except for animal feed, there is little demand for them in the U.S. By contrast,…

The Afghan Votes Market

In Kunduz Province, the price of a vote was $15 while in Kandahar, it was closer to $1.  Do we have a market? Just like shoes or shirts, it appears that the price of an Afghan vote was determined by…

Light Bulb Start-Ups

Does it matter where a start-up ends up? One new energy efficient light bulb was developed in Florida, its inventor lives in Florida, and the bulbs are assembled in Florida. Soon to be sold at Home Depot, however, the state-of-the-art…

Bendy Buses and Health Care

Have you heard of a bendy bus? The bendy bus was supposed to solve Santiago, Chile’s public transit problems. But the story relates to each of us. It all began during 2007 when Santiago decided to replace its private bus…

The World’s Biggest Economies

The Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said, “It doesn’t matter what color a cat is as long as it catches mice.” Explained in the Teaching Company’s “Why Economies Rise or Fall,” Deng cared about results more than economic ideology as he…