Where a Sugary Drink Tax Won’t Work

Looking at the Philadelphia sugary drinks tax, we would find it did not accomplish many of its goals in three major categories.

Who Will Care About the Starbucks Price Hike?

When coffee drinkers hear that some prices at Starbucks will rise, their response will depend how how elastic their demand is.

Why Hamilton Fights Bots

Hoping to control Hamilton’s ticket prices, the show’s producers are waging a war against the bots and scalpers that distort supply and demand.

The Economic Significance of Alcohol Consumption

While it is relatively easy to measure how much alcohol consumption varies among countries, identifying a direct economic impact is much tougher.

Where Smokers Smuggle Cigarettes

New York City just proposed another hike in the price of cigarettes. Instead of the $10.50 minimum, a pack might soon cost no less than $13.00. Historically high, NYC’s cigarette tax should remain the most potent in the country. Yes? Perhaps.…

Girl Scout Cookie Economics

Soon to start their hundredth year, Girl Scout cookie sales will include some new economics and cookies but what you get depends on where you live.

A Marijuana (Tax) High

Surprisingly successful although the rates are so high, marijuana taxes are creating healthier budgets in a growing number of states.

Weekly Roundup: From Grocery Bags to Soda Bottles

Our everyday economics includes developing nations, human capital, environment, behavioral economics, consumer spending, health care,incentives & sin taxes.

The Cigarette Tax Problem

Deciding whether they want revenue, prohibition or smuggling, lawmakers have to decide how high to make sin taxes on items like cigarettes.

Our Weekly Roundup: From Cheap Gas to Expensive Soda

This week’s everyday economics stories include subsidies, human capital, game theory, price controls, inelastic demand, and monopolistic competition.