Category Archives: Economics

The Business Rent Is Too Damn High: The Bike Store Edition

I know I hit this theme a lot, but an underemphasized problem many booming cities are facing is skyrocketing business rents. If residents want affordable prices, along with more interesting options–and those interesting options often not the businesses that make … Continue reading

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Now Would Be an Excellent Time for Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns

No conflict of interest–pun intended–here (boldface mine): President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public … Continue reading

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Monetary Policy and 80,000 Votes

A couple of weeks ago, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez made a very important point in a congressional hearing involving the Federal Reserve (boldface mine): When Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell testifed before the House Wednesday, Team Blue’s freshmen lawmakers posed some of … Continue reading

Posted in Economics

Understanding the Limitations of Your Data: The Student Debt Edition

As I’ve noted many times, when doing analysis, you must understand the limitations of your data, whether it be the microbiome, genomics, education statistics, polling data, or, well, anything else. With presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Statistics

The Business Rent Is Too High: The Austin, TX Edition

As part of our irregular series, we have another example of local businesses getting clobbered by massive rent increases, this time in Austin, TX (boldface mine): Just this week, Hut’s Hamburgers, in downtown Austin since 1969 (and on South Congress … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Food, Urban Planning

What Internet Era Luddites Actually Look Like

You can find them at D.C.’s* National Airport (boldface mine): Every night, several times a night, Uber and Lyft drivers at Reagan National Airport simultaneously turn off their ride share apps for a minute or two to trick the app … Continue reading

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First, We Stop The Dying. Then, If Needed, We Worry About Inflation

With radical centrist Howard Schultz tossing his hat into the ring, as predicted, radical centrists are starting up with the ‘how are you going to pay for it?‘ crap. The snarky answer would be, “We’ll pay for it the same … Continue reading

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