What We Can Learn From Used Car Prices

Some economists are asking if the increase in used car prices is an indicator of the path that future inflation will take.

What the CPI Is Hiding

A Consumer Price Index (CPI) that went up by just .6 percent during the past year hides a much larger increase in some grocery prices.

What We Can Learn From a Happiness Curve

Whether looking at great apes or humans, there is evidence that all of us experience a dip in our happiness curves at a similar stage of the life cycle.

What Misery Indexes Say About Baseball and the World

Whether ranking baseball team fans or a country’s unemployment and inflation rates, misery indexes can tell us about people’s happiness.

One Reason For High Hospital Prices

By looking at inflation rates for tradable and nontradable goods and services, we can identify one reason for high hospital prices.

Thanksgiving Top Ten List for 2018

Looking at our holiday meal through a turkey top ten list, you can see how Thanksgiving economics is about so much more than money.

Comparing Eggs to Bananas

By dividing the CPI into goods and services that can and cannot be traded, we can see the impact of trade on price changes.

How to Measure Our Misery

The economic way to demonstrate sadness is to look at misery indexes that use macro data to measure changes in our emotions.

The 5 Stars That People Get (And Don’t Deserve)

There are some good reasons that most of us are contributing to a reputation inflation that diminishes the meaning of an Uber driver rating score.

When Product Ratings Are a Problem

The worst summer in 20 years, movie box office revenue from May to Labor Day in 2017 was 15% less than the same dates last year. The reason could be lower film quality. Or it could be Netflix and Amazon.…