The Economics of Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Sandy having just blown through my NJ neighborhood, our streets are covered with wires, leaves, branches and several huge trees. During the storm, Consolidated Edison darkened large swaths of NYC and the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading…

Street Smarts

Through 2 stories, I learned how the design of a road can convey information about the people who live nearby. Here are the stories… Baltimore: Greenmount Avenue in East Baltimore separates Waverly whose median income is $40,000 from Guilford, a…

More Than a Mango

This story is about a canal and a plastic milk crate. It takes place on a mango farm in Haiti. The farmer has 2 mango trees. The trees produce her entire crop and her income of approximately $2 a day.…

Micro Matters

Listening to recent podcasts on Haiti from NPR’s Planet Money,  I started thinking about the large impact that something very little can have. The first story involved a small loan through which a Haitian woman had created a “consignment” business. …