One Reason That We Need Gender Equity in TV and Film

Our Monday Gender Issue: Citing “gender inertia,” San Diego University professor Martha Lauzen said that: “If you have all white males working behind the scenes in the film industry, you’re going to get a whole lot of white males up…

Brazil’s World Cup To-Do List

Preparing its transportation infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has one giant to-do list. In the air and on the ground, it has the participants, the officials and the fans that have to be moved around.…

Have We Halved the Deficit?

In the State-of-the-Union, President Obama said, “Our deficits–cut by more than half.” Looking at the federal deficit as a percent of GDP, we can say that the deficit is much lower than 4 years ago. BUT… The deficit was an unusually…

The Cost of Traffic in Fort Lee

Have you ever thought of traffic congestion as a queue? Concerned about congestion on Oscar night, engineers in LA have manipulated traffic to keep the limo queues moving. Before Crash won the Oscar in 2006, street-based observers were calling in with,…

How a Skating Rink is Like the Economy

Driving around Columbus Circle in NYC, sometimes I wonder why so many drivers do what they are supposed to do.   Economist Dan Klein gave me an answer in “Rinkonomics.” He asks that we imagine for a moment that we have…

Why Chinese Singles Spend

Yesterday was Singles’ Day in China. Started by a group of college students at Nanjing University during the 1990s, Singles’ Day is when unmarrieds shower each other with gifts. Falling on 11-11, the date is “reminiscent of the Chinese phrase…

One Reason That Lady Gaga Cannot Sing in the Paris Métro

For the right to perform in almost all of Paris’s 303 stations, you have to audition in front of a committee composed of 2 Métro employees, 2 members of the public and the artistic director. At spring and autumn tryouts, 2000…

The Gender Gap That Will Not Shrink

In 1928 mainstream media told the world that female runners were unable to compete in long distance races. In 1992, the journal Nature printed a letter predicting that women runners would equal men by 1998. Neither got it right. Describing…

Restaurant Economics: How to Make 1500 Meals a Day

At 2 am, converging at the delivery entrance of Balthazar in NY’s SoHo are mussels from New Zealand, russet potatoes from Idaho, steak from the Midwest and chicken breast and bacon from Prince Edward Island while some Little Skookum oysters originated in Washington State.…

Technology: Which Countries are Connected?

In 2011, close to one third of the world’s population was connected to the internet. Asking where are those people, we can answer in 2 ways. Size: Represented by size, the highest number of users, more than one half billion,…