Posts Tagged ‘GDP’

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    Urban Pollution

    Dec 2, 12 • 3064 Views • No Comments

    When we worry about the impact of autos on the environment, perhaps we should remember the horse. In 1880, the horse population in Manhattan and Brooklyn was somewhere between 150,000-175,000 and growing. A basic part of city life, horsecar rides totalled......  [read more]

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    Do You Like the GDP?

    Nov 28, 12 • 632 Views • No Comments

    Having just come across the “Better Life Index,” I started thinking about Ed Koch, a former mayor of NYC who often asked everyone, “How am I doing?” Here are some thoughts about how to measure how well we are doing. The GDP:......  [read more]

  • The Impact of Natural Disasters Relates to Economic Vulnerability

    The Economics of Natural Disasters

    Oct 31, 12 • 1702 Views • No Comments

    With Hurricane Sandy having just blown through my NJ neighborhood, our streets are covered with wires, leaves, branches and several huge trees. During the storm, Consolidated Edison darkened large swaths of NYC and the New York Stock Exchange suspended......  [read more]

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    Unemployment and Economic Growth

    Oct 30, 12 • 752 Views • No Comments

    If anyone ever asks you why economic growth is important, I suggest showing them the following graph from the Washington Post. The goal of the graph is to show how our economy’s actual output, its potential output and unemployment are connected. During......  [read more]

  • How much should cities plan for the storm of the century?

    Storm Warnings

    Oct 28, 12 • 556 Views • No Comments

    Some thoughts today about predicting natural disasters. Weeks before 308 people perished in L’Aquila from an earthquake, a government commission proclaimed the chance was slim that a disaster would occur. It did happen and now, the 6 scientists and......  [read more]