Who Will Sacrifice Civil Liberties During a Pandemic?

Comparing 14 different countries, we would find the willingness to make civil liberties trade-offs for better health conditions varies.

The Two Sides of a Pilot’s Decisions

Involving safety, airline pilots’ decisions during takeoff, flight, and landing reflect cost and benefit tradeoffs that their passengers rarely recognize.

Weekly Roundup: From Achieving Success to Paying for Dates

Weekly News Roundup Sunday 05.22.16 How healthy labels help firms compete…more Monday 05.23.16 The economic side of dating…more Tuesday 05.24.16 Why sharing train tracks is a problem…more Wednesday 05.25.16 The déjà vu part of the candidates’ tax plans …more Thursday 05.26.16 How attractiveness relates to success…more Friday…

Crime and Punishment in Svalbard

Two times the size of New Jersey, Norway’s Svalbard territory has a single jail cell that was briefly occupied a year ago. Trying to decide why Svalbard has little crime, some cite its sparse population of 3,000 or the fact that it is an…

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…

Opportunity Cost: A $10 Million Trade-off

NYC’s $69 billion budget is all about trade-offs. With $10 million NYC could buy 9 ladder trucks for its fire department or pay 80 police officers a year. It could also resurface 65 lane-miles of city streets or it could just…

Changing Homes

Economically, stairs are costly. When people fall, they stay home from work. Their medical bills climb. Your odds? Author Bill Bryson, in At Home, states that we will probably trip on stairs once in every 2,222 times that we use…

Listening to Picasso

Pablo Picasso is quoted for (maybe) saying “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” Perhaps, when pondering health care reform, Congress should do more “stealing”. Looking at Switzerland’s health care model, we might “steal” their attention to incentives. Insurers, patients, and…