The Face Mask Pollution Problem

Typical of the tradeoffs created by all decisions, wearing the face masks that prevent the spread of Covid can mean more plastic pollution.

The Financial Side of a Climate Change Report Card

Looking at the financial side of climate change, we can use a KMPG report card to see if the world’s largest corporations have high grades.

Why We Should Care About Curbside Cardboard Crime

The recycling revenue that municipalities were receiving was shrinking and now, with some mystery surrounding cardboard, it’s getting worse.

The Innovations That a Pandemic Inspires

During wartime, recessions, and now a pandemic, big and small firms have the incentive to create innovations that respond to the disaster.

How (Not) to Eliminate Face Mask Shortages

Whether looking at rationing, price caps, trade restrictions, or the market, the problem of face mask shortages is tough to solve.

A Global Look at the Rule of Law

Seeing where the rule of law is stronger can tell us why certain nations have more economic development and others sink under the weight of corruption.

What Chuck E. Cheese Teaches Us About Money

When Chuck E. Cheese changed the kinds of payment cards that kids and their parents used for games and food, they created new spending incentives.

The Real Problem With Facebook’s Business Model

To understand the problem with Facebook’s ad revenue business model, we can just look at the role played by price as an incentive.

What an Air Quality Index Really Measures

While the Air Quality Index (AQI) is a pollution yardstick, it also can signal if we are controlling the tragedy of the commons.

When Money Is Not the Best Incentive

Because a fine is supposed to be a deterrent, six Israeli day-care centers were surprised when their late pickup fee had unintended consequences.