Why We All Need the Same Time

Whereas we moved from many time zones to four during the 19th century, now, with globalization, we should switch to coordinated universal time for everyone.

Do You Live Where You Should Sleep More?

When we consider the impact of social jetlag on our health and productivity, our sleep time could matter more than we think.

The Time Zone Changes That Massachusetts Might Make

Cows don’t like the switch to daylight saving time. A California organic dairy farmer said he enjoys the extra hour of light that starts in March. But his cows don’t. Because they are accustomed to a 2:00 a.m. milking regimen,…

Why December 31st is an Odd Length

Just like having the same weights and measures and money, when we all standardize our time with a soon-to-be-added leap second, our transaction costs drop.

What If Boston Ignored Daylight Saving Time?

By ignoring the sun through fewer time zones, we coordinate national and international time and create more economic efficiency.

Why We Need Leap Seconds

To keep the clock synchronized with the sun, we need to add leap seconds that make our days longer than a precise 24 hours.

What Most of Us Don’t Know About Daylight Saving Time

Always controversial, the idea of daylight saving time started with railroads standardizing time and continued with a Congressional mandate.

The Problems We Have With Being On Time

Decisions that relate to standardizing clock time and solar time, and global time zones create commercial negative and positive externalities.

The Unexpected Impact of Changing Times

Beyond less sleep, when we moved our clocks ahead last night, we created many unintended consequences. It all began during the 1880s when the railroads said that they should coordinate time. With railroad companies observing 52 different times and even…

Why Should You Care About Time Zones?

At 5:30 am in San Francisco, the sun is not up and neither are most people. But, coordinating with NY time, work in the financial district has begun. Offices are active as are local coffee shops. Out of sync with…