The Travels of a Banana

Looking at the past, present, and future, we would see that a banana’s travels could once again change because of a fungus.

When to Worry About the Weather

Wondering about weather and climate disaster worries, we can look at how the numbers are trending for billion dollar events.

Where Thursday Could Become the New Friday

Asking about the 4-day workweek, we can look at the answers from a recent study in Iceland and also at Sweden, Germany, and Italy.

Where Women Do the Most Unpaid Work

In Beijing, unpaid housework just got a price. Because of their new Civil Code, a Chinese judge decided that a divorce settlement had to include compensation for the former wife. He said that in addition to monthly alimony, she was…

How a Citigroup Blunder and a Texas Blackout Are Similar

Last August, Citigroup accidentally wired a $900 million payback to some lenders. Now, Texas is experiencing catastrophic power outages and water shortages. Both could be similar. Outdated Infrastructure Citigroup Our story starts in 2016 with a cosmetics company that needed…

What Your Time is Really Worth

Lyft can come in handy when economists need to calculate the dollar value of time for us and for government.

Who Will Sacrifice Civil Liberties During a Pandemic?

Comparing 14 different countries, we would find the willingness to make civil liberties trade-offs for better health conditions varies.

Six Handy Economic Ideas That Describe Our Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus economics can describe our response to the pandemic with the same six ideas that compose a basic economics course.

The Problem With Predictable Surprises

Economists can explain and improve our inadequate disaster preparation for predictable wildfires, diseases, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

When Daylight Saving Is Not the Best Time

Whereas many of us ask whether we should switch between daylight saving time and standard time, the question is not quite so simple.