What's the Economic Difference Between a Street and a Road?

Our story starts outside of Cleveland during the beginning of the 20th century. With the 4,000 acres that Oris P. and Mantis J. Van Sweringen purchased from the Society of Shakers, the 2 brothers decided to create a planned suburban community.…

Infrastructure: The Internet and Canals

An internet connection and a canal could be rather similar. Internet Connections in the Americas, 2012: Looking beyond the Americas, South Korea leads the world with the highest proportion of its population having fast internet service (more below). Shipping Connections…

On Time Again

Have you ever thought about the difference that a clock makes? Described in The Geography of Time, a pre-clock world meant you could not say, “I will meet you at 12:30 for lunch” or “Your workday is 9-5.” By the…

Economic Geography or Location, Location

Why, you may wonder, is an economist presenting a major address today at the Association of American Geographers? Looking back and looking forward, Paul Krugman’s speech provides the answer. Economic geography involves mathematical modeling and also costume jewelry in Providence,…