The Economics of Skiing Across Antarctica

Across a 921-mile stretch of Antarctica, two men are racing. Unassisted, each is alone. Unsupported, they are not allowed to receive a food or fuel drop or to use a kite for wind power. All each needs is on his…

The Downside of Winning the Amazon Race

Requiring a multi-billion dollar package of tax incentives and other inducements, winning the contest for Amazon’s HQ2 might not be as good as it sounds.

Was That Birthday Card Really Free?

Have you ever been delighted that you got something for free? I was until I read “the cost of zero cost” in Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational. My story begins at a Papyrus store in NYC. About to pay for several…

There’s No Such Thing as Free Music…

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. You are a young musician on the brink of your professional career. Graduation is in May, orchestra auditions are around the corner, and where do you go to begin preparing? The IMSLP, of course. The…

Should Medical School Be Free?

Is free medical school a “free lunch?” Proposed by 2 physicians in a NY Times Op-Ed, free medical school lets future doctors benefit by having no tuition debt. Society benefits because more people attend medical school. And, not having the…