Posts Tagged ‘technology’

  • Consumer spending

    Jun 21, 10 • 483 Views • No Comments

    In Pursuing Happiness: American Consumers in the Twentieth Century, economist Stanley Lebergott asked us to imagine that automobiles, penicillin, electric washing machines, refrigerators, disposable diapers, electricity, television, and “every......  [read more]

  • The Washing Machine Empowered Women.

    The GDP and Happiness

    Jun 9, 10 • 502 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday’s post about the impact of individual wealth on happiness started me wondering about flush toilets, washing machines, and cars. As our nation became wealthier and produced more goods and services, how did that affect our happiness? To get some......  [read more]

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    Ricardo and China

    Mar 18, 10 • 587 Views • No Comments

    What happens when you build an airport and nobody uses it?  China has an answer. Although China faces underutilization as it develops its transportation infrastructure in the air, by rail and roads,  it seems to be continuing. China’s......  [read more]

  • The Impact of the Vammas

    Feb 17, 10 • 437 Views • No Comments

    What is 68 feet long, has a giant blade in front for plowing, massive sweeper brushes in the middle, and a 452 MPH wind blowing capacity in the rear? A Vammas. Imported from Finland, the Vammas is used by Logan Airport for snow removal. A caravan of ten......  [read more]

  • Random Snow Stories

    Feb 11, 10 • 465 Views • No Comments

    Property rights When you shovel a parking space, does it remain yours when you pull out? In Boston, if you shovel out your car during a snow emergency, the space is yours for at least two days. Just “reserve” it with a lawn chair or trash......  [read more]