The Impact of the Starbucks Effect

Called the Starbucks effect, current and future housing prices tend to rise when a Starbucks moves into the neighborhood.

What Grey Poupon Says About Your Affluence

You can assume that individuals are affluent if their consumer spending includes iPads, Verizon Wireless, and Ziploc bags.

Do We Really Have a Student Loan Crisis?

With debt and delinquencies multiplying, a student loan crisis could be developing but on the other hand, not necessarily.

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…

What Your Phone Says About How You Spend Your Money

Knowing that statisticians suggest iPhone users tend to be more affluent than Android owners, we can hypothesize how their spending differs.

How Holiday Spending Helps (and Harms) Our Economy

Holiday spending is about more than Mother’s Day when we look at the long list of days, weeks and months that were created to boost a brand or industry.

The Millennials Who Live With Mom

Looking at millennials’ households in the U.S. and beyond, we find a surprisingly large proportion of young adults living with their parents.

Weekly Roundup: From Uber Drivers to Gasoline Prices

Our economic news summary includes labor regulation and Uber, the GDP and streets, gasoline price fluctuation, food and inequality and markets and syrup.

What Our Food Says About Us

Because middling food like hamburgers is consumed by most people in the affluent West, what we eat does not necessarily reflect inequality or social status.

Less Choice Fatigue at Whole Foods

With Whole Foods ranking produce as unrated, good, better, best, they are simplifying shoppers’ decision making and minimizing choice fatigue.