Posts Tagged ‘positive externality’

  • coffee history and innovation

    The Benefits of “Pay-It-Forward”

    Mar 20, 14 • 1770 Views • No Comments

    Perhaps a pay-it-forward record, at a Connecticut Starbucks, more than 1,000 people each paid for the person behind them during December 2013. The store manager was on to something when he said, “”We hope that it will continue on, even if it......  [read more]

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    Economic Thinkers: The Coase Theorem and Prince

    Sep 8, 13 • 1460 Views • No Comments

    Assume for moment that you are in a college dormitory. You have a final exam tomorrow and someone in a nearby room is playing very loud music. Most of us would say that the music maker has to stop. Nobel laureate Ronald Coase, who died last week at 102, might......  [read more]

  • The ROI From College

    Gender Issues: Women’s Labor Days

    Sep 2, 13 • 659 Views • No Comments

    What if a billion underutilized women entered the global economy during the next 10 years? Economies might get these growth rate boosts: Sweden: 2% US: 5% Brazil: 9% Japan: 9% South Africa: 10% United Arab Emirates: 12% India: 27% How? An OECD (Organization......  [read more]

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

    A Ripple of Problems From Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 1, 12 • 553 Views • No Comments

    Reading economist Arnold Kling’s explanation of why it will take a very long time to return to normal from Hurricane Sandy, I kept thinking of my own NJ disaster devastated neighborhood with downed trees on roads covered with branches, leaves and wires.......  [read more]

  • In NYC and China, developers are building smaller apartments.

    Micro-Apartments

    Oct 23, 12 • 1257 Views • No Comments

    An iPad turns on the lights, the shower is a futuristic sounding vertical tube near the door and the bed becomes seating.  Occupying 161 square feet, this Dongguan, China micro-apartment is the size of a US mall parking space. But, at $133 a square foot......  [read more]