When Awards Give Us More or Less Than We Expect

While awards are all about recognition, inspiration, and appreciation, sometimes they are not exactly what we expect them to be.

The Impact of Last Year’s Academy Awards

A year ago at the Academy Awards, Frances McDormand gave the movie studios a nudge when she referred to the inclusion rider.

Why Super Bowl LIII Might Not Be a Financial Bonanza

Although massive Super Bowl spending will pour into Atlanta, estimates of its economic benefit depend on whether you ask the Host Committee or an economist.

What Super Bowl Ads Really Tell Us

For a smile, some economic history, and a look at how companies make some money, Super Bowl ads say a lot in just thirty seconds.

Why Songs Are Shorter

As music industry technology has shifted to streaming, so too have the incentives that are multiplying shorter song tracks.

Social Media’s Hidden Cost

While we all know when we are wasting time on social media, it is tougher to uncover the hidden cost that is paid by the entire economy.

How to Measure the Size of Our Cultural Divide

We can judge the size of our cultural divide by identifying the TV shows we watch, the magazines we read, and the movies we see.

The Gift You Didn’t Want

Although you’ll see that the Amazon reviews for How to Avoid Huge Ships are hilarious, it’s still one of those unwanted gifts that creates deadweight loss.

Why We Should Care About the Night Time Economy

Inadequately supported, the food, drink, and entertainment businesses in a city’s night time economy can be a valuable source of economic growth.

Why Superstars Dominate the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

For 60 years, Billboard, every week, has ranked the best music. Using sales, radio play, and now streaming, they tell us what we like the most. Recently though, there’s been a fundamental change. Where are we going? First to Drake…