The Economic Side of the Eclipse

Eclipse economics will range from small town business activity to surging airfares and from goats to productivity losses.

The Hollywood Gender Gap

Excluding Rey from its newest Star Wars Monopoly game, Hasbro added to a Hollywood gender gap described in a new study from USC Annenberg.

Why a Natural Monopoly is Good for Peak Power and the Super Flush

At the end of the last episode of M*A*S*H, during I Love Lucy commercials, after a popular BBC soap, we need a natural monopoly to satisfy peak demand.

An Elasticity Story: Stretching to Buy Hamilton Tickets

To understand the high prices supported by Hamilton ticket demand, we can look at the elasticity from four groups of theater goers.

Solving a National Parks Problem

After hiking the Appalachian Trail in record time, ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek was cheered by friends, family and a film crew. At the top of Maine’s Mount Katahdin, they popped open a bottle of Champagne and celebrated his 46 day 8 hour 7 minute run.…

What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Success

Even as it celebrates its 40th birthday after a quiet 1977 debut, we cannot be sure of the reasons for Star Wars’s success.

The Economic Significance of Alcohol Consumption

While it is relatively easy to measure how much alcohol consumption varies among countries, identifying a direct economic impact is much tougher.

What Matt Damon Can Teach Us About Chinese FDI

The Great Wall is a man beats monsters movie. Set in medieval China, the film has Matt Damon stumbling upon China’s Great Wall just when they need him to conquer a horde of invading Tao Tei. From what I can…

Finding the Hollywood Gender Gap (Everywhere)

From top stars’ salaries, to the people who speak in films, the Hollywood gender gap can be found in most of the major movies.

Deciding How Much To Work

Illustrated by the Expedia Vacation Deprivation survey, how much vacation time we take can depend on where we live and our reference points.