Handy Coffee Facts to Know During a Pandemic

From the growers through transport, roasters in the U.S. are concerned with the pandemic’s impact on the coffee supply chain.

The Little-Known Impact of Chinese Tariffs

Whereas the headlines tell us all about the impact of Chinese tariffs on the prices of U.S. goods, there is a hidden side that they have not mentioned.

More of Our Sad Soybean Saga

Hearing it directly from a soybean farmer, we can learn the impact of China’s retaliatory tariff on U.S. farmers and of U.S. subsidies.

A Sad Soybean Saga

From U.S. farm income to Brazil’s exports to a racing cargo ship, the impact of China’s retaliatory soybean tariff has had a global impact.

How a Soap Opera Affected Brazil’s Fertility Rate

During the past 40 years, Brazil’s fertility rates declined. One cause was the new values that soap operas conveyed to an uneducated rural population.

A New Kind of Map Where Norway is Next to Peru

To grasp the huge size of the U.S. GDP we can identify countries that have similar nominal output to individual states like California and Brazil.

What We Can Learn from Venezuelan Inflation

Shortages, long lines, and panic buying are several ways that hyperinflation is creating chaos for local and foreign firms and consumers in Venezuela.

Why We Want New iPhones

A competitive strategy, planned obsolescence is controversial. It can spur innovation and growth or represent corporate waste and consumer manipulation.

A Surprise in the Federal Budget

Told by the World Court to stop the subsidies paid to cotton farmers that distort prices, the U.S. has settled the case by paying Brazilian cotton farmers.

Expanding How We Measure Inflation

Our CPI measure of the inflation rate has been debated because it could be calculated using a chained CPU, could be real time, and excludes some seniors.