The Reopening Role of the Restroom

A big issue with little discussion, restroom problems need to be solved as we plan to reopen after coronavirus lockdowns.

Econlife Lesson Plan: How Transparency Transformed Food Shopping

Econlife Lesson Plan: When the development of cellophane let us have self-service shopping for meat and produce, it started a retailing revolution.

The Spillover Created By a New Coffee Cup Lid

Creating considerable negative spillover, the Solo Traveler coffee (and tea) cup lid could be replaced by a vastly better design.

When a Tariff Is Like a Butterfly

While we can identify the billions of dollars of goods affected by U.S. China trade war, the tariff impact has also been invisible.

The Connection Between Traffic Jams and Jobs

As the downside of low unemployment, traffic congestion can have an invisible cost that relates to time, gas, and aggravation.

The New Food Technology That Could Change What We Eat

Whether about cows or chicken nuggets, sometimes seemingly insignificant new food technology can have an unexpectedly massive impact.

When a Tax Rate Is Not as Simple as It Sounds

Referring to “The Son of Man,” Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte said, “Everything we see hides another thing.” Instead, Magritte could have been describing corporate taxes. The U.S. Corporate Tax Cut National The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA)…

When Organ Donors Need More Than a Nudge

Sometimes increasing deceased organ donations takes more than a nudge because of the behind-the-scene details that are necessary.

New Territory for Self-Driving Cars

Whereas the Model T brought us suburbia, highways and McDonald’s, the spillover from self-driving cars will also transform our lives at home and at work.

Street Grid Economics

More than we realize, our economic behavior in a city is shaped by the urban planning that created the shape, the length and the width of the streets.