The Unintended Consequence of a Family Friendly Policy

When one mathematician tried to measure the British coastline, her initial result was 3960 kilometers. But then continuing to increase her scale, she wound up with 4300 kilometers, then 4800 and after that 6182. The reason was the detail. Each closer look…

Weekly Roundup: From More Grit to Less Sugar

Weekly News Roundup Sunday 05.01.16 Why we need grit…more Monday 05.02.16 A better way to fight poachers…more Tuesday 05.03..16 The tax that Princeton might have to pay…more Wednesday 05.04.16 How our mailmen might change…more Thursday 05.05.16 Mexican soda tax problems…more Friday 05.06.16 A new way…

Why Princeton University Might Have a Tax Problem

As an unintended consequence of spending drug research royalties on faculty salaries, Princeton University could have a non-profit tax exemption problem.

Weekly Roundup: From Income Inequality to Parental Leave

Our weekly roundup includes a look at parental leave plans and fuel conservation, an ethanol update and how corn markets can surprise us.

What Ever Happened to Ethanol?

Challenged by the power of the market, the 2007 mandate from the Congress to encourage biofuel use has created an ethanol glut.

Why Grade Inflation Might Be Here to Stay

Like price inflation grade inflation has causes and consequences that affect student, instructor and administrations incentives.

Weekly Roundup: From Warren Buffett’s Bet to McDonald’s Hamburgers

Our weekly roundup includes productivity and a hamburger assembly line, financial intermediaries and index funds, soda tax incentives and the GMI.

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.

One Reason to Worry About A Guaranteed Minimum Income

While the characteristics of guaranteed minimum income program proposals vary, the common denominator is unpredictable incentives.

Weekly Roundup: From Sneaker Markets to Housing Markets

Our weekly roundup includes the ups and downs of sneaker and housing markets, how women’s human capital has been wasted and healthcare cost contradictions.