What Paternity Leave Can Do to Dads

With the popularity of paternity leave increasing, researchers wanted to know whether it influenced the number of children that fathers in Spain wanted.

Should Your Boss Require Vacations?

OECD countries mandate that wages and salaries be paid for vacations and sick while, in the U.S., firms decide their own policies.

A Nutty Demand and Supply Story

Our almond story starts on the demand side in China with a name change. Just like apricot kernals, California almonds had been called xing ren until the apricot kernel growers accused the Americans of “deceiving consumers.” Trying to minimize a marketing…

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…

Caffeine Highs and Lows

Among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, euro-zone consumers are cutting back. As one Milan café owner explained, “Since the beginning of the year most of our regulars cut their coffees from around four to two a day. Sometimes,…

Understanding Germany

Are Germans thinking, “We did it and now it’s your turn?” Ten years ago, Germany’s unemployment rate averaged more than 9% and economic growth was close to zero. Jobless workers, depending on their family status, were receiving 60-67% of their…

Aspirin for the Euro Zone?

Tomorrow is Euro Day and it reminds me of aspirin. On May 9, 62 years ago, the French foreign minister proposed a limited economic partnership with West Germany. By the time the treaty was signed in 1951, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium…

Now or Later?

Reading about why people have a tough time delaying gratification, I started to think about countries. First people… A part of your brain–the insula–becomes more active when faced with an unpleasant task like dieting or seeing your team lose. Two…