A Nobel Winner Can Help You Keep Your Resolutions
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", December 29, 2005Why make New Year's resolutions? If you need to start a diet or get up earlier in the morning, why wait until Jan. 1? Why not do it today? New Year's resolutions do not make any rational sense.
In Silicon Valley, Job Hopping Contributes to Innovation
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", December 01, 2005For four decades, through booms, busts and bubbles, Silicon Valley has maintained an amazingly innovative business environment.
Yes, Immigration May Lift Wages
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", November 03, 2005From 1990 to 2000, the number of people working in the United States grew by more than nine million, or around 8 percent, from immigration alone. What effect did all those new foreign-born workers have on the wages of native-born Americans?
Forbes, October 16, 2005At a business conference this summer in Toronto Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, told the Canadians again and again how wonderful they are--how open to new ideas, how tolerant, how diverse and therefore how potentially creative. Unlike the U.S., which is afflicted by divisiveness and the religious right, Canada is a model country. That was his story, at any rate.
When Disasters Act as Accelerators of Change
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", October 06, 2005Speaking after Hurricane Katrina, President Bush promised that "we will do what it takes, we will stay as long as it takes, to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives" on the Gulf Coast.
Controlling Quality: The Hard Road to Building a Brand
The New York Times, September 17, 2005When Craig and Randy Rubin started Hi-Tex Inc. in November 1993, they never intended to open a factory. ''Our charter was no bricks and mortar,'' said Ms. Rubin. The business, in West Bloomfield, Mich., was set up, she added, to be a branding and a technology company.
In Times of Stress, Can Religion Serve as Insurance?
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", September 08, 2005From layoffs to bad health to killer hurricanes, economic well-being is subject to all sorts of nasty shocks. To protect themselves, people accumulate savings and buy insurance.
How Modernism Got Its Curves
A look at the extraordinary career of designer Eva Zeisel. A slideshow essay
Slate, August 31, 2005
Adding Social Norms to the Usual Methodology Mix
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", August 11, 2005A restaurant on Honolulu's main drag is soliciting new workers. "Looking for Aloha Spirited People," says the help-wanted sign in the window.
That Long Drive Out to the Airport
The Wright Amendment, whose existence rarely fails to shock out-of-towners, highlights the least attractive aspect of Dallas-area politics and economics: the prevalence of crony capitalism.
D Magazine, August 2005