Why There Really Is a Toilet Paper Shortage

It’s easy to assume that the toilet paper shortage in the U.S. is caused by panic buying and hoarding but there really might be a supply problem.

A Global Look at the 737 MAX

More than a U.S., airplane, the Boeing 737 MAX is made from components that come from the 600 companies in its global supply chain.

August 2019 Friday’s e-links: From Retroviruses to the Travels of a T-Shirt and Average Fast-Food Drive-Through Times

Friday’s e-links: Focusing on a monumental scientific breakthrough, Malcolm Gladwell produced a memorable podcast in “The Obscure Virus Club.”

Why Valentine’s Roses Bloom in Colombia

Most of our Valentine’s roses come from Colombia because of the U.S. government, the perfect combination of land, labor and capital, and Walmart.

Can a Hurricane Help an Economy?

Before, during and after a natural disaster like Harvey, we have hurricane economics affecting gasoline markets and the GDP.

How Marijuana Taxes Affect Our Behavior

The state of Washington created new marijuana tax incentives when it switched how it taxed pot growers, processors and retailers.

What Do Coffee and Pencils Have in Common?

Our freshly roasted cup of coffee is the result of a coffee supply chain that depends on prices that create production and distribution incentives.

Weekly Roundup: From Chicken Sandwiches to Budget Gridlock

Our economic news summary includes chicken sandwiches, reefers and the supply chain, the internet and the information infrastructure and the federal budget.

The Most Expensive Way to Make a Chicken Sandwich

In a chicken sandwich are ingredients from around the world that one person can create but the price system gathered them for us at the local supermarket.

What Reefers Have to Do with Stinky Cheese

With more than roads, bridges and railroads, our transportation infrastructure includes the reefers (refrigerated containers) that facilitate globalization.