A Dilemma: How Much to Pay for Our Privacy Protection

There is a doll whose name is Cayla. She has a pink skirt, a denim jacket, and a bluetooth connection. Like many toys, she can have a conversation with us. While these dolls are all Caylas, their manufacturer says you…

Where Meat Is Never a Free Lunch

Cow burps were supposed to be the problem. As a substantial source of methane, cattle (and other ruminants) naturally boosted the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). From there, the story suggests Meatless Mondays. By eating less meat, we can save…

Why It’s Tough to Plan Congestion Pricing

While it sounds simple to charge vehicles for driving in a certain area, New York’s actual congestion pricing plan is much more complex.

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.…