The Minimum Wage Debate

Whether looking at Germany’s minimum wage hike or David Card’s classic 1992 study, still raising the minimum wage can be controversial.

Why Metrics Can Be Misleading

We can wind up with misleading metrics when the number we use as a goal becomes the incentive that distorts output decisions.

September 2020 Friday’s e-links: Two Podcasts, a Book, and a Film

Through a CNN RBG documentary, a thought-provoking book, “More or Less,” and a theater’s podcast, September was a strong month for e-links.

September 2020 Friday’s e-links: A Pandemic Performance, More or Less, and Our Meritocracy

This month, I’ve enjoyed pondering a podcast about a pandemic play, Tim Harford’s More or Less series, and Michael Sandel’s new book.

September 2020 Friday’s e-links: The More or Less Podcast and a Pandemic Performance

For our first two September e-links, I recommend a podcast about a theater group’s pandemic response and a “More or Less” subscription.

What Iowa Could Have Learned From La La Land

Seemingly different, for the same reasons, we’ve had partial nuclear plant meltdowns, financial meltdowns, and a meltdown in Iowa during their caucus.

Which Generation Should Get More From Everyone Else?

Deciding which groups should give which should receive, government redistribution policies could be based on a generational lens.

Incentives That Have Unexpected Results

From the Wells Fargo scandal to the British National Health Service and Chilean bus drivers, sometimes incentives can have unintended consequences.

Misleading Gender Discrimination Statistics

Using statistics to identify gender discrimination accurately, we should look at the components of summary results to avoid Simpson’s paradox.

Great Britain’s Sugary Drink Tax

While the UK’s sugary drink tax targets childhood obesity, it could also be creating a host of demand related incentives with unintended consequences.