How Password Sharing Is Similar to (Airplane Seat) Recline Rage

Many of us share Netflix passwords. We think it is okay to recline in our airplane seat. And we would be horrified if someone casually took the groceries out of our cart at the checkout. All three situations are similar.…

Why Now Is the Perfect Moment for a Mars Mission

Although three missions are scheduled to depart for Mars during the next several weeks, we have not yet established who owns outer space property.

The Mystery of the Artless Heist

When the ownership rights of a $3.1 million John Constable painting are unclear, no one can buy or sell, display, or conserve it.

The Pitch That’s An Airline Problem

When you think about shrinking airline seats, you could consider pitch and width, but really the problem is all about property rights.

The Economy Where Black is Banned

Like Turkmenistan and Zimbabwe, wherever property rights are unpredictable, we can assume that we have a command economy.

Why Meteorite Ownership Matters

While it can be tough to decide who owns a meteorite, in China and the U.S., those “intergalactic” property rights matter since they determine who profits.

How a Chicken Could Decide Where Your Drone Will Fly

Thinking of drone regulations for deliveries from firms like Domino’s, we can decide if we have property rights above our homes that limit where they fly.

Weekly Roundup: From the Diner’s Dilemma to Lost Labor

This week’s economic news summary includes the diner’s dilemma and marginal analysis, property rights in outer space, the Phillip’s Curve and unemployment.

It’s Time for Outer Space Lawyers

Now that the technology will soon exist to mine asteroids and profit from them, property rights in outer space have become a relevant legal issue.

Weekly Roundup: From Skyscraper Shadows to Trendy Foods

This week’s everyday economics includes property rights, trade, creative destruction, entitlements, tradeoffs, conservation, externalities, price, and markets.