Ukrainian Economics

Fewer bottles of kodrinskoie-sparkling will be served at Russian holiday celebrations. Declaring that Moldova’s exports no longer met its food quality standards, Russia has blocked Moldovan wine exports. In the past, Ukrainian cheese and chocolate have also been on and off…

The New Economics of Marriage

When North Carolina’s voters rejected same sex marriage, they were not thinking economically. Traditionally, marriage has been about specialization. With the husband in the labor force and the wife at home, their division of labor resembled a small factory. He…

Locavore Legislation

Being a locavore can be confusing. Eating broccoli from the local farm stand tastes good and makes many of us feel good. It is a pleasure to support local farmers and get vegetables the day they were picked. On the…

African Notes

If you were asked to select the world’s fastest growing economies, maybe you would place China at the top of your list.  This Economist Daily Chart sums it all up. 6 of the world’s fastest growing economies, 2001-2010, are located…

Ricardo and China

What happens when you build an airport and nobody uses it?  China has an answer. Although China faces underutilization as it develops its transportation infrastructure in the air, by rail and roads,  it seems to be continuing. China’s policy took me…