As more nations experiment with central bank digital currencies, we could see less cash, fewer banks, and maybe some unintended consequences.
How the Pandemic Changed Our Impulse Buying
Staying at home during the pandemic, we have shifted our impulse buying from the supermarket to our online shopping cart.
Learn With Elaine: How Covid Changed College Applications
By suspending the SAT and ACT, Ivy League colleges diminished transaction costs and made it easier to apply.
How Covid Affected College Applications
Our story starts in 1926, the year the SAT was born. Designed to measure aptitude, it was supposed to let colleges assess applicants who did not have an elite background. Jumping ahead to now, our story ends with schools making…
Why GameStop Stock Is Like a Beanie Baby
GameStop describes itself as a chain of 5,000+ stores that sells video games and entertainment products at malls and online. Rather than a retailer, though, GameStop will probably be remembered as a financial bubble. During 2020 when the stock was…
How To Diminish Our EV Range Anxiety
At 114 per 100,000 people, Vermont had the highest per capita concentration of EV chargers (plugs, not necessarily charging stations) in the U.S. Below, Washington D.C. at 81 and California, 72, are a distant second and third: However, a…
Why a New Year’s Resolution Needs a Staircase
Pondering how to keep our New Year’s resolutions, we can look at the staircase in a Seattle office building.
How Chargers and Railroad Tracks are Similar
If the European Union mandates common charger standardization, consumers might applaud but Apple says there is a hidden downside.
How Eating Less Popcorn Is Like Smoking Fewer Cigarettes
Thinking about changing habits that are good and bad, we can look at what researchers discovered during a popcorn experiment.
How a Common Application Affected College Admissions
At highly selective schools, 2019 college admission rates were pretty low: Harvard: 4.5% Yale: 5.91% Stanford: 4.3% in 2018 (They are no longer releasing the number.) But we are looking at a tiny proportion of the higher education population. At…