Why HOT Lanes are a Hot Topic

In the high-occupancy toll lanes outside of Washington D.C., you could pay close to $4.00 a mile. Just for a 9-mile stretch along Interstate 66, the toll has totaled $40.00. Should economists applaud? Controlling Congestion On December 5, 2017, commuters…

Weekly Roundup: From Pricey Hips to Costly Lines

Our economic news summary includes underutilizing female labor, delayed gratification, pricing medical care, interstate migration & assessing labor markets.

How To Stand in Line Less

Long queues can be reduced with new incentives. Instead of first-come-first-served, if the last to arrive were served first, then we’d have shorter queues.

Urban Pollution

When we worry about the impact of autos on the environment, perhaps we should remember the horse. In 1880, the horse population in Manhattan and Brooklyn was somewhere between 150,000-175,000 and growing. A basic part of city life, horsecar rides…

Parking Problems

Parking expert Professor Donald Shoup has identified a traffic problem with implicatons far beyond city streets. Essentially he says that cheap city parking is really rather expensive.  Throughout parts of NYC, for example, drivers can select meters that might require…