Everyday Economics and a Tablet, a Commencement, and a Stadium

Slightly different from our usual post, today I have three shorter stories that grabbed my attention. I guess we can call them my mini-posts. Let’s take a look. 1. The reasons we stay home from work appear not to have…

A New Kind of Grape Picker

In Europe and the U.S., pandemic labor shortages have nudged vineyards towards grape picking robots and pruners.

Why Trappist Beer Needs More Monks

Around for more than two centuries, the Belgian beer made in Trappist monasteries needs more monks to produce it.

Learn With Elaine: How Fans Impact Athletes

Because of the Observer Effect, athletes’ performance could change when fans affect their human capital.

Where Less Internet Access Creates a Bigger “Homework Gap”

Unequal internet access in the U.S. and beyond has created a remote learning “homework gap” that relates to geography and income.

Why Prisoners Need Barista Skills

Echoing the rehabilitation emphasized by Norway’s prison system, barista skills are taught to some inmates at Rikers Island.

Why the World Needs Wayfinders

In public spaces like airports, hospitals, and museums, we navigate through the architectural signals that have been called wayfinding.

Why We Have More Bananas

Customized container ship refrigeration has made it possible for our fruit imports to include many more bananas, limes, mangoes, and berries.

Weekly Roundup: From Area Codes to Toilets

This week’s economic news summary included looking at human capital from a health care and college perspective and at area codes as conspicuous consumption.

Where Toilets “Take a Village”

Shown by a project in rural India, building a sanitation network that includes toilets can eliminate open defecation and the disease it creates.