The Aesthetic Imperative
Why the creative shall inherit the economy.
Wired, July 2003A decade ago, pundits were declaring that the future held two kinds of jobs: computer programming and hamburger flipping - or, in the highfalutin language of Robert Reich, those held by "symbolic analysts" and "in-person service providers." Paleoconservative Crossfire host Pat Buchanan warned we were headed toward a "two tier" society. His left-wing guest Jeremy Rifkin agreed, plugging a book that announced The End of Work.
Technocrats and Glowing Panties
D Magazine, July 2003According to the State of Texas, retail lighting should be harsh, fluorescent, and unforgiving. But that makes it tough to sell underwear.
Specialization Is the Rage
Vertical integration worked well in its day; now companies thrive by turning to specialists.
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", June 19, 2003Sears is selling its credit card division, almost certainly to a specialized financial business. To let customers charge their purchases, retailers no longer have to run their own credit operations. Dell Computer doesn't make its own hardware. It assembles circuit boards and disk drives from specialized manufacturers.
Is Dallas Going to the Dogs?
D Magazine, June 2003Like graffiti, rampant dog droppings can indicate a city in decline. In Dallas, however, they just indicate a city that hasn't grown up yet. Our city girl explores how we handle our pets and what it says about our urban maturity.
Demon Deflation: Not Here, Now
Just because prices are falling, it doesn't mean there's deflation.
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", May 22, 2003"PAY Less for Almost Everything," blares the cover of Reader's Digest, conveniently positioned next to the supermarket cash register.
The Truth About Plano
D Magazine, May 2003Inspired by Trading Spaces, our city girl ventures north to the oft-maligned suburb and sees a world of possibility and pleasure.
How Much Is That Civic Online?
The pundits were wrong: Using the Internet to buy cars does save consumers money.
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", April 24, 2003The 21st century hasn't brought us flying cars. But it has made the nonflying kind a lot easier to buy.
Wives' Tale: The "marriage penalty" taxes women for working, not wedding
The Boston Globe, April 09, 2003Every April 15 inevitably brings complaints about the "marriage penalty." From the kind of talk that surrounds the issue, especially the pronouncements of conservatives, you'd think the penalty was a plot to encourage couples to live in sin.
Is War a Generator of Expenses or an Economic Stimulus?
Today, policy makers view war as a generator of expenses rather than an economic stimulus.
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", March 27, 2003Ending months of debate and speculation, the Bush administration this week asked Congress for nearly $75 billion to cover the costs of the Iraq war through the end of September.
Looking inside the brains of the stingy and the open handed
(a terrible headline; the column is on neuroeconomics)
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", February 27, 2003Here's a game economists play: Player 1 has $10 and can give any dollar amount to Player 2. Player 2 can either accept or reject it. If Player 2 accepts, they both keep the money. If Player 2 rejects it, neither player gets anything.