|NEW YORK TIMES "ECONOMIC SCENE" COLUMNS
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The Container That Changed the World
March 23, 2006
The Work You Do When You're Not at Work
February 23, 2006
Would You Take the Bird in the Hand, or a 75% Chance at the Two in the Bush?
January 26, 2006
A Nobel Winner Can Help You Keep Your Resolutions
December 29, 2005
In Silicon Valley, Job Hopping Contributes to Innovation
December 1, 2005
Yes, Immigration May Lift Wages
November 3, 2005
When Disasters Act as Accelerators of Change
October 6, 2005
In Times of Stress, Can Religion Serve as Insurance?
September 8, 2005
Adding Social Norms to the Usual Methodology Mix
August 11, 2005
Research Changes Ideas About Children and Work
July 14, 2005
One Possible Cure for the Common Criminal
June 16, 2005
Another View of News Bias, as Selling Point
There is a widespread belief that the media are biased, but good journalism is not easy to define.
May 19, 2005
Innovation moves from the laboratory to the bike trail and the kitchen.
April 21, 2005
How changing the sheets can make a hotel room "new"
March 24, 2005
Some economists say the president of Harvard talks just like one of them.
February 24, 2005
What happened when two rich countries liberalized trade? Pain, and then gain
January 27, 2005
The Consequences of the 1960's Race Riots Come Into View
December 30, 2004
A hurdle faced by Southwest Airlines shows the drawbacks of protectionist legislation
December 2, 2004
Why are Americans so divided over religious issues? Maybe it's those extreme messages.
November 4, 2004
A Texas experiment that shifts money from rich to poor school districts is turning into a major policy disaster.
October 7, 2004
In New Age economics, it's more about the experience than about just owning stuff.
September 9, 2004
Islamic economic principles may sound like just what the Middle East needs. In practice, things are more complicated.
August 12, 2004
Why do certain countries prosper? A new study looks at productivity and comes up with some contrarian conclusions.
July 15, 2004
Variety, the spice of life, has measurable value. But it's not easy to determine.
June 17, 2004
Does Highway Spending Really Pay Off?
Highway spending is meant to be a public investment in the nation's infrastructure that pays off for everyone. Does it?
May 20, 2004
Choice Trumps Price on the Internet
Selection ranks above price among the benefits of shopping online
April 22, 2004
Getting the Most Out of the Nation's Teachers
In their hiring of teachers, do the nation's public schools get what they pay for?
March 25, 2004
U.S. Is a Case Study in Free Trade
American incomes converge, but not at the bottom.
February 26, 2004
Illustrative chart here.
A Prettier Jobs Picture
New York Times Magazine, February 22, 2004
The Trend of Vanishing Tech Jobs
A Researcher Sees an Upside in the Outsourcing of Programming Jobs
January 29, 2004
Avoiding Previous Blunders
What separates rich nations from poor nations? History provides some answers.
January 1, 2004
Should You Know Your Banker?
Are open markets threatened more by a pro-business or by an antibusiness ideology?
December 4, 2003
Rethinking Milton Friedman
With Milton Friedman's ideas now accepted by theorists and policy makers, it's easy to forget how revolutionary they were.
November 6, 2003
Getting a Bead on "Buzz"
For those who live by buzz, it's important to know who's doing the talking.
October 9, 2003
The Internet Book Race
When it comes to books, Internet selling has not led to uniformly low prices.
September 11, 2003
The Eye of the Beholder
It's not just about price and performance. Intangibles are increasingly important.
August 14, 2003
Laws That Limit Online Shoppers
A look at wine sales over the Internet shows the price of some regulations in the name of consumer protection.
July 17, 2003
Specialization Is the Rage
Vertical integration worked well in its day; now companies thrive by turning to specialists.
June 19, 2003
Demon Deflation: Not Here, Now
Just because prices are falling, it doesn't mean there's deflation.
May 22, 2003
How Much Is That Civic Online?
The pundits were wrong: Using the Internet to buy cars does save consumers money.
April 24, 2003
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.
March 27, 2003
Looking inside the brains of the stingy and the open handed. (a terrible headline; the column is on neuroeconomics)
February 27, 2003
A Tool to Explain Affirmative Action
The lessons of the grocery shelf also have something to say about affirmative action.
January 30, 2003
Tax policy is not just an economic tool. It's also a partisan weapon.
January 1, 2003
When Knowledge Was Spread Around, So Was Prosperity
December 5, 2002
If the Rich Are Becoming Richer, Are They Also Buying Relatively More Stuff?
November 7, 2002
Even Without Law, Contracts Can Be Enforced?
October 10, 2002
Strategies on Fourth Down, From a Mathematical Point of View
September 12, 2002
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer. Or Do They?
August 15, 2002
Business "Reforms" Should Not Ignore Incentives and Competition
July 18, 2002
Microsoft, Chicken Delight and Competition for an Imperfect World
June 20, 2002
How Can the Marketplace Gauge Fashions? Consider What To Name the Baby
May 23, 2002
From Weddings to Football, the Value of Communal Activities
April 25, 2002
Where It's Easier to Buy a Home
March 28, 2002
Lessons in Keeping Business Humming, Courtesy of Wal-Mart U.
February 28, 2002
Globalism and the Liberal Model
January 31, 2002
Often, Basic Concepts in Economics Are Taken for Granted
January 3, 2002
Little Sense in Setting Fuel-Efficiency Targets
December 6, 2001
The Decline of the Muslim Middle East, and the Roots of Resentment
November 8, 2001
Even in good times, airlines depend on a hairline balancing of supply and demand.
October 11, 2001
A Vital Economy Suffers Fools Gladly
September 6, 2001
It was not so long ago that married women had no property rights.
August 9, 2001
Can Good Looks Really Guarantee a Product's Success?
July 12, 2001
The curbs on steel trade demonstrate the faults of courting special interests.
June 14, 2001
The wealth of nations depends on how open they are to international trade.
May 17, 2001
How Well Can Economists Measure Variety?
April 19, 2001
Waistlines Are Now Victims of Economic Progress
March 22, 2001
Smaller classes don't necessarily equal better education. Do the math!
("Why Smaller Classes..." would be a more accurate headline.)
February 22, 2001
The roots of stable expansion extend well beyond the Greenspan era.
January 25, 2001
Electric Blues in La-La Land: Don't Blame Deregulation
January 14, 2001
Week in Review section
Like It or Not, Appearance Counts in the Workplace
December 28, 2000
Economic Outlook: Exposing the Fraying Edges in the Fabric of the Economy
December 18, 2000
Year-end Economic Outlook section
An Economic Model for Bad Ballots
If voters could select the machines, there would be a president-elect by now.
November 30, 2000
Tax System Discourages Married Women From Working
November 1, 2000
Don't blame deregulation for airline problems. Blame not enough deregulation.
October 5, 2000
Good Times, Not Bad, Nurture Enemies of Free Market
September 7, 2000
Rich May Get Richer, but Poor Are Also Doing Better
August 10, 2000
When It Comes to Enforcing Taste, It's Best to Tread Lightly
July 13, 2000
Of Conservatism and Distinctiveness in the Religious Marketplace
June 15, 2000
How Not to Treat Elephants Like Fish (different economics approaches to conserving elephants; headline is terrible)
May 18, 2000
Open-Source Software Arouses Researchers' Curiosity
April 20, 2000
The Golden Formula for Hollywood Success
March 23, 2000