Free-market public transit

Free-market public transit

The concept of the public good is widely discussed in economics. Some goods, like road maintenance, are best managed by the government- while we all want good roads, it’s also something that most of us aren’t willing to pay for individually. When the government...
The market for cheesy bread

The market for cheesy bread

One of my guilty pleasures is cheesy bread. I don’t mean the typical American rolls- I’m talking about yuca bread. It’s this fantastic parmesan-y gooey roll from South America (Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia all have their own versions) that I discovered abroad a few...
The accountability of companies

The accountability of companies

It’s outrageous that in the 21st century, companies in developed nations are still having arguments over whether it’s their responsibility to contribute to the common good. This isn’t so much an issue with individual companies- it’s a problem with government not...
Dead Peoples’ Money

Dead Peoples’ Money

By Emma Dahl What happens to dead people’s money? A morbid question maybe, but also an important one to ask when considering taxing the flow of money. A friend of mine asked me recently what would happen to all this money sitting in bank accounts, and while it might...
First Date Economics

First Date Economics

By Emma Dahl Whenever I go on a first date, I insist on paying for my part of the meal. Do I want to pay for my food? Not really. But do I feel morally obliged to at least pretend like I want to split the bill? Yes. I’d say one of the few advantages of growing up...