When Awards Give Us More or Less Than We Expect

While awards are all about recognition, inspiration, and appreciation, sometimes they are not exactly what we expect them to be.

When Free Money Didn’t Do What It Was Supposed To Do

The preliminary results for Finland’s two-year guaranteed income experiment appears to have created more questions than it answered.

Beer Cans and Aluminum Tariffs

Craft brewers are upsizing to 16-ounce cans. Whereas U.S. beer sales are down by 1%, they are up 40% for craft beer in 16-ounce cans. A beer can primer: Because the beer industry uses 36 billion cans a year, they…

Do We Care About Calorie Labels?

With the arrival of mandatory calorie labels at large establishments and soon at smaller ones, we can ask if their impact is predictable.

When Money Is Not the Best Incentive

Because a fine is supposed to be a deterrent, six Israeli day-care centers were surprised when their late pickup fee had unintended consequences.

Where Retaliatory Tariffs Create Unintended Consequences

It will be rather complicated when retaliatory agricultural tariffs, aluminum protection, and crop payment supports all hit New Madrid County, Missouri.

The FDA’s Label Problem

When their requirements are outdated or illogical, FDA guidelines can create misleading labels for foods like eggs and skim milk.

How a Chinese Smartphone Could Be Made in America

When the U.S. proclaimed a seven-year ban on doing business with China’s ZTE, the stock price of Acacia Communications plunged: We could say the butterfly effect kicked in. Initially academic, the butterfly effect said that slightly changing your starting equation can…

What a Strawberry and a Chicken Say About Free Trade

More than governments negotiating agreements, free trade is about the variety of strawberries, chickens, pickup trucks and pencils that we can buy.

The Unintended Consequences of Airline Taxes

When government increases airline taxes and fees, it can create unintended consequences for travelers who blame the airlines for fare hikes.