What We Can Learn From Spain’s Ice Shortage

Spain’s ice shortage reminds us that close to 200 years ago, after we learned that drinks could be chilled, it became a necessity.

How a Flamingo and a Bear Have the Same Problem

The conservation or development tradeoff for flamingos and bears shows us the complexities of environmental decisions.

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 Picky Eater Food Supply Problem

Rather similar to the limited diets of children that are picky eaters, the global food supply reflects the three crops that dominate diets.

How Covid Caused a Bagels and Cream Cheese Crisis

Covid’s impact on factory labor, truck drivers, and packaging supplies has resulted in a New York City cream cheese shortage.

The Cold Chain Links for a COVID-19 Vaccine

From ultra-cold freezers to huge quantities of dry ice, COVID-19 vaccine distribution needs a frigid supply chain.

The Economic Message Sent by a Smell

By smelling the economy in New York City, London, and Barcelona, we can answer questions about past and present production.

Why We Want the McRib

Much more than if the McDonald’s McRib were always available, its demand soars because of limited availability each year.

The Significance of a Cat Census

While the mission of the DC Cat Count is humane treatment of cats, it is also a cat census that provides a basic economic lesson.

Why School Funding and a “Friends” Dinner Are Similar

The controversial side of school funding can take us to a “Friends” excerpt about splitting the dinner check and to a small Vermont community.