Debating the Success of U.S. Healthcare

When ranking national healthcare, organizations use statistics that can be misleading because they are based on averages that include irrelevant data.

Weekly Roundup: From Smart Cars to Dumb Laws

This week’s economic news summary includes work week tradeoffs in France, new labor laws for the gig economy, and why price tags are disappearing.

What We Are Willing to Do For Money

Monetary incentives can influence a decision and distort the information we access for our cost and benefit research.

Weekly Roundup: From Calories to Climate

Our economic news summary included climate talks and externalities, “missing women” and Asian marriage markets, seniors’ spending and manufacturing supply.

Why We Don’t Know What We Manufacture

Thinking of job declines and Chinese imports, it appears that U.S. manufacturing is declining but the facts show that production is up.

Weekly Roundup: From Hot Hands to Sunk Costs

The behavioral economics ideas from our everyday economics are confirmation, expectations and projection bias, frames, temporal discounting and sunk costs.

Can Economists See the Hot Hand?

With implications that extend beyond sports, believers in classical economics and in behavioral economics are debating whether players can have streaks.

Weekly Roundup: From Potato Chips to Pregnancy

Our Posts Roundup  Sunday 12.07.14 Innovative potato stories…more    Monday 12.08.14 The pregnant UPS lady who sued her boss…more    Tuesday 12.09.14 Measuring inflation can be tough…more    Wednesday 12.10.14 Why Congress creates economic uncertainty…more    Thursday 12.11.14 The ways that…

Is Your Favorite Economist Biased?

Illustrated through word use and data selection in research, politically liberal and conservative economists display a tendency toward confirmation bias.

The Policy that 600 Economists Support and 500 Oppose

A controversial policy that dates back to 1938, the nominal federal minimum wage has increased from $.25 to $7.25 and is higher in many states and cities.