February 2019 Friday’s e-links: From Jeff Bezos to Hurricane Katrina and Lyndon Johnson

Friday’s e-links: Today we share a podcast series that focuses solely on Amazon–from its origin to current issues that range from drones to trust.

What You Can See in a Christmas Tree

Deciding between artificial and real Christmas tree purchases, we can contemplate convenience, tradition, health, and even our cats.

The New Meaning of Fast Delivery

From the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, our expectations for fast letter and package delivery have changed considerably.

Two Amazon Stories (and More)

Sweden had unusually low Amazon numbers in the 2017 PwC global retail survey. In Sweden just 13% of all product searches start with Amazon. For the U.S. that number is 45%. Wondering about the difference, I started to do a…

There’s No Such Thing As Free Shipping

Just like there’s no such thing as a free lunch, for consumers, retailers and shippers, there’s no such thing as free shipping.

Where Your Price Depends On Your Timing

Dynamic pricing at Amazon, the Indianapolis Zoo and a Dallas toll road displays how price influences buyer and seller behavior.

The Unintended Consequences of Parental Leave

Although firms and countries have family friendly policies with generous paternity and maternity leave, the impact has harmed women’s chances for promotion.

Airline Pricing Mysteries

Left to fluctuate freely, a price can tell us information about social norms, efficiency, technology, incentives, quality and supply and demand.

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Delivery

For consumers and retailers, decisions about delivery speed and price involve tradeoffs with each hoping to minimize the cost and maximize the purchase.

Drones and Property Rights In the Air

Regulation of innovations like drones can take us back to old economic principles like property rights that have supported the market system for centuries.