How We Primed the Pump

When President Trump refers to priming the pump, we can think of the Great Depression, the Great Recession and deficit spending that can fuel the economy.

Surprising Hand-To-Mouth Households

Close to one third of all households (38 million) in the US live hand-to-mouth. Like me, perhaps you have always assumed that a hand-to-mouth (HtM) household is low income. Spending all disposable income each week, the hand-to-mouth household is unable…

Laissez-Faire: When Is It Okay to Do Nothing?

I suspect we have a “bias for action.” Imagine a soccer game that has gone into overtime. Each team has 5 penalty kicks. For several, remaining in the center of both posts, the goalie does not move. Statistically, her behavior…

Manufacturing Jobs

Our story begins with M.I.T.’s lithium-ion battery research and then takes us to South Korea and China where the batteries are made. Next, in a surprising move, some of the manufacturing returns to the U.S. With $375 million in federal…