Why We Don’t Want To Be The World’s Happiest Country

Reading the 2022 World Happiness Report, I wonder whether its six variables are what we should use to rank happy countries.

Why Starbucks Is Raising Prices

Looking at coffee production costs, we can see why Starbucks would be concerned about cup and lid supply problems.

Where a Universal Basic Income Was Successful

An idea that has been around for hundreds of years, the universal basic income has only recently become an experiment in Stockton, California.

The Best Way To Stop a Speeder

Typically involving a fine that could even relate to your affluence, a speeding ticket is usually about money but not necessarily in Estonia.

How To Become Happier

When economists focus on measuring happiness, they look at money and time and health and GDP for conclusions that might not be quantifiable.

When Free Money Didn’t Do What It Was Supposed To Do

The preliminary results for Finland’s two-year guaranteed income experiment appears to have created more questions than it answered.

Changing EU Times

European Union time zones could change if individual nations get to choose if they want perpetual summer time or winter time.

Debating the Size of the Social Safety Net

If Finland replaces benefits with a monthly check, the tradeoffs for its safety net programs will be domestic and international.

The Smell Test That Some EU Cheese Makers Failed

Just like tariffs and other trade barriers, the Russian embargo of EU cheese helped Russian cheese makers as increases in supply and demand raised prices.

When Your Ability to Pay Determines Your Punishment

In Finland, for some traffic violations, the rich have higher fines than those with less because of day fines that are similar to progressive taxation.