The Surprising Upside of a Lockdown

Observing the lockdowns’ economic impact, two University of Chicago economists compared consumer traffic in places that did and did not shelter in place.

How the Pandemic Affected Peanuts and Butterflies

Very different under normal conditions, peanut butter and butterflies become rather similar during a coronavirus lockdown.

Why Cheddar Cheese Is Like WTI Crude Oil

A benchmark like WTI, light mild Cheddar cheese prices are determined by commodities markets that responded to pandemic changes in supply and demand.

Deciding the Dollar Value of a Life

Among the many variables involved with coronavirus math, the dollar value of a life can help us determine the importance of social distancing.

How French Fries Are Like French Cheese

Global lockdowns have created supply problems for Belgian French fries and French cheese because households cannot make up for decreased commercial demand.

The Country That Was Called a Serial (Debt) Deadbeat

When an emerging markets nation like Argentina has a vulnerable economy, then the pandemic lockdown can create a sovereign debt default.

The Best Way to Social Distance at a Restaurant

Except for one very clever Amsterdam eatery, the restaurant industry has been hit exceedingly hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

What Might (and Might Not) Surprise Us About Working Moms

On this Mother’s Day, we can celebrate the impact of working moms on their kids but not on the division of labor at home during the coronavirus lockdowns.

How Productive Are We at Home?

When a group of Stanford researchers compared work productivity at home with the office, their results were rather different from now.

The Sad Story of the Two Tons of Mint That Nobody Wanted

When people are not going to drink128,000 Mint Juleps because the Kentucky Derby is postponed, the local mint grower has a problem.