A Bitcoin Story With The Right Incentives and the Wrong Results

Trying to encourage bitcoin use, El Salvador had all the right incentives but still wound up with unintended consequences.

Why California Will Send Less To Landfills

With our landfills filling, California’s SB 1383 has taken a huge leap toward encouraging 39 million people to recycle their organic waste.

Why the East Coast Has Long and Skinny Butter But Not the West Coast

Comparing the butter we buy on the East and West Coast of the U.S., many of us could wonder why the shape and size are different.

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.