Deciding the Dollar Value of a Life

Among the many variables involved with coronavirus math, the dollar value of a life can help us determine the importance of social distancing.

The Problem With Vegan Names

With plant-based foods growing like weeds, we have to decide if their vegan names should reflect the foods that they resemble.

When a Tomato is Like a Washing Machine

Next winter, our salads could be much more expensive because a new 17.5% tomato tariff will shrink supply and spike prices.

Deciding If Lab-Made Meat Can Be Called Meat

Ranchers and poultry farmers are supporting legislation that requires lab-made meat labels to indicate the product is not real meat.

How Traffic Lights Relate to Adam Smith

When no traffic lights on the island of Nantucket has created good will among strangers, it also might show the limits of Adam Smith’s laissez-faire.

A New Meaning For Food Court

Like Uber and Airbnb, the growing popularity of Eat With Stranger Apps (EWSAs) is creating sharing economy dilemmas that relate to regulation.

How EU Regulation Deals With Blue Wine

Surprisingly significant, the EU’s opposition to blue wine reflects how regulation constrains the innovation that creates productivity and economic growth.

Growing Marijuana Markets

Exceeding chocolate and wine, estimated marijuana sales are high as more states legalize recreational pot and marijuana markets change.

Amazon’s Government Connection

No longer laissez-faire, government creates a mixed economy when it responds to Amazon’s lobbying and other firms’ influence.

Weekly Roundup: From Songwriters to the Superrich

Our weekly roundup includes how productivity affects music industry writers, the surprising impact of cheap oil and how tech shapes what the superrich earn.