A Goldilocks Look at the U.S. Debt

How to decide if adding $4 trillion (or so) to the U.S. debt is too much, too little, or just right? We can start with ourselves and ask if $200,000 is a lot to borrow when you buy a home.…

Where Women Do the Most Unpaid Work

In Beijing, unpaid housework just got a price. Because of their new Civil Code, a Chinese judge decided that a divorce settlement had to include compensation for the former wife. He said that in addition to monthly alimony, she was…

How Our Tweets Reflect Our Happiness

Through more than 10,000 happy and sad words in tweets, the Computational Story Lab hedonometer has been measuring happiness everyday.

The Economy Inherited by Bush, Obama, and Trump

Characterized by an upswing or a plunge, the economies that George Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump inherited were different.

The Red and Blue States That Select the Same Halloween Candy

Because the people in red and blue states prefer the same Halloween candy, we have one holiday that unites us.

Understanding a Pandemic GDP

Knowing that we “treasure what we measure,” understanding the GDP and a shrinking economy is even more important during a pandemic.

How a Pandemic Produces a Misleading GDP

Because of the huge and sometimes inconsistent impact of Covid-19 on the economy, potentially misleading GDP numbers will need a closer look.

How the Alphabet Will Describe the Recovery

Called an alphabet recovery, the ABC’s of the GDP trajectory after a massive decline can be illustrated through the letters of the alphabet and a Swoosh.

How Our Buying Behavior Has Changed

Walmart’s CEO said our buying behavior has shifted during the pandemic. First we cared about toilet paper and sanitizer. Now it’s puzzles, games, hair dye, and beard trimmers. Where are we going? To consumer spending. Shifting Consumer Spending A Timeline…

How the 737 MAX Could Change Your Vacation Plans

Because 737 MAX demand from American and other airlines was large, grounding the plane has created huge flight disruptions.