Posts Tagged ‘tragedy of the commons’

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    Utilities Included

    Aug 17, 10 • 219 Views • No Comments

    In NYC, there are 250,000 housing units that use more electricity than most others. The reason? Buildings without meters for each apartment have leases that say “utilities included”. So, whether tenants use more or less power, the rent is the...  [read more]

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    Environmental Emissions

    Jun 25, 10 • 208 Views • 1 Comment

    A letter in “The Mail” section of a recent New Yorker tells us about a funny error on the cover of the May 17, 2010 issue. Mainly portraying emissions from vehicles, factories, and cows, the cover focuses on our environmental problems. According...  [read more]

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    Deficits and the Tragedy of the Commons

    May 7, 10 • 220 Views • No Comments

    Pondering Greece, I wondered about the individual and the state.  Sometimes what is good for one person is bad for all.  That took me to a graphic of the federal budget in 2020 in which entitlements, which are good for individuals, are dominant. The...  [read more]

  • Congestion Pricing in Israel

    Dec 22, 09 • 234 Views • No Comments

    Run privately, guaranteeing 70kph (43.5 mph), a toll lane will be created on a busy Israeli road. More traffic–price up; less traffic, price drops. Another solution to the tragedy of the commons. To read more, go to...  [read more]

  • When a Buffet Problem Becomes a Tragedy

    Dec 6, 09 • 263 Views • No Comments

    I just heard a perfect example of “the tragedy of the commons.” (defined yesterday) In a recent “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, during a dinner party, Larry David observed a friend depleting the caviar on a buffet table. Predictably, he...  [read more]