When Cash Is Not the Best Thank You

By avoiding repugnant transactions like selling foie gras or human organs, we are eliminating the benefits of the market.

Why Traffic Jams Are Spreading

During my frequent drives to Manhattan, traffic congestion is worse than ever. The reason could be Uber and Lyft. This is the story. San Francisco Congestion Let’s start with congestion. Like the Supreme Court quote on pornography (“…I know it…

The Problem With Emissions Outsourcing

Usually associated with jobs, now the outsourcing that relates to carbon emissions embedded in globally traded goods will be limited by California.

How Phish-Tarping is a Tragedy (of the Commons)

While we know that overused resources can include the ocean, the air, and a pasture, we also should include beaches and seats.

Plattsburgh’s Bitcoin Problem

With Plattsburgh, New York’s cheap electricity attracting Bitcoin miners, the city has to figure out how to cut their power usage.

The Mystery of the STEM Paradox

Identifying the countries where women are more likely to select STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), scholars had some surprises.

The Economic Yardstick That (We Don’t Know) We Need

Please think GDP for a moment. Reported and revised during each quarter, GDP numbers create a reaction. If the growth rate is high, lawmakers assume their policies are working. When the numbers are lower, people wonder how to boost them.…

The Cost of Commuting

Average one-way daily commuting time in the U.S. was 26 minutes and 36 seconds during 2016. As a benchmark though, those 26 1/2 (or so) minutes say a lot more. How Long We Commute Comparing the average to the past,…

Connecting Medicaid Expansion to the Divorce Rate

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion and subsequent Supreme Court decision had a surprising impact the divorce rate.

Why It’s Tough to Solve Traffic Congestion

While the traffic congestion problem in NYC, LA and D.C. wastes huge time and money, they do not appear to want to solve it.