Posts Tagged ‘cash for clunkers’

  • An Economics Idea ToolKit Would Contain Unintended Consequences

    An Economics Tool Kit: Unintended Consequences

    Oct 19, 12 • 493 Views • 2 Comments

    Next to “no free lunch,” perhaps the most important idea in an economics tool kit is “unintended consequences.” Our story starts in Bogota, Colombia and a visiting professor who tells the Freakonomics people that his friends picked him...  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

    Jun 12, 12 • 275 Views • No Comments

    Hearing Kermit the Frog say, “It’s not easy being green,” Mexican environmentalists might agree. Since March 2009, Mexican households have been offered cash payments or subsidized loans for replacing refrigerators and air-conditioners that...  [read more]

  • The Congress and the Fiscal Cliff

    A Clunker Stimulus?

    Feb 15, 12 • 345 Views • No Comments

    It would be so nice if we could say, “Yes, the 2009 stimulus was a good idea,” or “No, it was not.” Instead, the debate continues. Discussing his new book, journalist Michael Grabell tells us that we are unnecessarily dividing...  [read more]

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    Incentive Matters

    Sep 30, 10 • 409 Views • No Comments

    Economics always seems to relate to incentives. Whether looking at demand and supply, or health care policy, or international trade, always we can return to how incentives shape our behavior. This takes me to several good incentive stories. An op-ed in the...  [read more]