What New Coke Could Teach Baseball

Baseball managers say that winning requires time consuming competitive strategies that conflict with the sport’s need to shorten game time and attract fans.

Weekly Roundup: From Playing Monopoly to Flying Drones

Our everyday economics includes BRICs & MINTs, supply, monopoly, tradeoffs, economic consensus, innovation, property rights, redistribution, fertility rate.

Monopoly Game Surprises

Celebrating an 80th anniversary, 80 French Monopoly sets will have real euros. About money, Monopoly has market lessons, especially if you change the rules.

Weekly Roundup: 6 Mysteries

Our everyday economic stories involve participation rates, human capital, signaling, ROI, money, price, austerity, personal income, monopoly and bubbles.

Weekly Roundup: From Potato Chips to Pregnancy

Our Posts Roundup  Sunday 12.07.14 Innovative potato stories…more    Monday 12.08.14 The pregnant UPS lady who sued her boss…more    Tuesday 12.09.14 Measuring inflation can be tough…more    Wednesday 12.10.14 Why Congress creates economic uncertainty…more    Thursday 12.11.14 The ways that…

Dynamic Pricing: How To Lower Your Electric Bill

As monopolies, electric utilities have the pricing power that lets them offer dynamic pricing through smart meters but supply and demand will change slowly.

How to Own the Word How

The courts will decide intellectual property rights when they say whether Dov Seidman can trademark the word How and stop Chobani from using How Matters.

Back to the Future… of Air Travel

Although 82% of the U.S. airline industry is dominated by 4 airlines, it is not a typical oligopoly because of new small airlines flying routes that the bigger carriers cut.

One Reason That the Common App and Standard Oil Are Similar

Who would have expected the Sherman Antitrust Act to relate to college applications? In 1890, the Sherman Antitrust Act was passed because large firms were acting “in restraint of trade.” Supporting Adam Smith, the goal was to control business size so that the market…

Can the Supreme Court Change How We Watch TV?

At the Supreme Court this week, broadcasters sought to stop a small firm from competing against them. Saying it was violating copyright law, ABC led a group challenging Aereo’s business model. Aereo uses tiny antennas to send programming to viewers…