How (Not) to Eliminate Face Mask Shortages

Whether looking at rationing, price caps, trade restrictions, or the market, the problem of face mask shortages is tough to solve.

The Ins and Outs of Trade With Canada

Since trade with Canada tops everyone but China, we should take a look at what they send to us, what we receive, and why we have a trade surplus with them.

How a Ketchup Tariff Spreads

Seemingly small at 10%, Canada’s retaliatory ketchup tariff represents a lot more than a lift for a bland burger and salty fries.

Where a Cranberry Meets NAFTA

For another NAFTA example, we can start with the impact of Canadian cranberry production on Nantucket but then continue onward to Wisconsin and beyond.

Weekly Roundup: From Income Inequality to Parental Leave

Our weekly roundup includes a look at parental leave plans and fuel conservation, an ethanol update and how corn markets can surprise us.

What Ever Happened to Ethanol?

Challenged by the power of the market, the 2007 mandate from the Congress to encourage biofuel use has created an ethanol glut.

Weekly Roundup: From Free Trade to Expensive Airline Tickets

Our economic news summary includes Venezuela’s hyperinflation and Dutch Disease, the NFL’s gender deficiencies, free trade, and new marriage markets.

The Fruits (and Vegetables) of Free Trade

With the TPP ready for the U.S. Congress’s debate on the free trade deal, we can remember NAFTA, comparative advantage and the fruits of free trade.

How Cheese and Salmon Tell the Russian Embargo Story

Shifting from the EU to Russia and the Faeroes, Russia’s embargo trade barriers changed export and import winners and losers for cheese and salmon.