Critical Peak Pricing Isn’t Ideal, But It’s A Start

Lynne Kiesling The California PUC has directed the three investor-owned utilities in the state under its jurisdiction to develop critical peak pricing plans for summer 2005. From a Los Angeles Times article, The California Public Utilities Commission directed the state’s three investor-owned utilities, including Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co., to install special meters and … More Critical Peak Pricing Isn’t Ideal, But It’s A StartMore Critical Peak Pricing Isn’t Ideal, But It’s A Start

A Long Tail Without Good Filters Is Just Noise

Michael Giberson Ainít it the truth? The local Hollywood Video appears reasonably well stocked. It isnít Netflix deep, or anything, but when I go looking for something a little off the beaten track I am not always dissappointed. For example, they have Ken Loachís Land and Freedom (1995), but not the Argentine confidence game movie … More A Long Tail Without Good Filters Is Just NoiseMore A Long Tail Without Good Filters Is Just Noise

Thoughts On An SBC/AT&T Merger

Lynne Kiesling When I saw the front-page article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about merger talks between SBC and AT&T, my first thought was, well, we are far, far away from 1984! Who’d a thunk 20 years ago that this would happen? SBC Communications Inc. is in talks to acquire AT &T Corp., a … More Thoughts On An SBC/AT&T MergerMore Thoughts On An SBC/AT&T Merger

Economist Skills And Map Reading Skills: Correlated?

Lynne Kiesling I woke up this morning to an email from Tim Worstall, who asked me the following question: how’s your map reading? Stumbling and Mumbling inspires his question by linking to research showing that women have poorer map-reading skills than men, and then asking Is it the case that women economists are better at … More Economist Skills And Map Reading Skills: Correlated?More Economist Skills And Map Reading Skills: Correlated?

What Is The Macarthur Foundation Doing?

Michael Giberson Speaking of Daniel Drezner, he has a post up about the MacArthur Foundation Fellows program. Drezner discusses a story in Crain’s Chicago Business by Marc Sheffler that examines the relative lack of success of grants to writers in leading to new significant works. Tyler Cowen also comments. Assuming it is true that, as … More What Is The Macarthur Foundation Doing?More What Is The Macarthur Foundation Doing?

Daniel Drezner’s Post On Airline Deregulation

Lynne Kiesling Daniel Drezner has an great post from yesterday on airline deregulation. In commenting on the NY Times article that he references, Dan notes that … the major airlines are facing a serious financial squeeze, to be sure — but the 2001 post-9/11 government bailout worsened rather than aided their situation. I encourage you … More Daniel Drezner’s Post On Airline DeregulationMore Daniel Drezner’s Post On Airline Deregulation

Adam Smith On Monopolies, Rents, And Airports In Switzerland

Lynne Kiesling Kevin Brancato’s post on easyjet and the Basel airport prompts me to offer up this quote from The Wealth of Nations that was in the sections we read for class today: The legislature, were it possible that its deliberations could be always directed, not by the clamorous importunity of partial interests, but by … More Adam Smith On Monopolies, Rents, And Airports In SwitzerlandMore Adam Smith On Monopolies, Rents, And Airports In Switzerland

Christina Rosen: Joining Cass Sustein As Modern Nannies?

Lynne Kiesling (with helpful ghostwriting from the KP Spouse) This morning breakfast at the KP House involved listening to an NPR interview with Christina Rosen of The New Atlantis, in which she has an article titled The Age of Egocasting. Rosen’s hypothesis is that new technologies like the remote control, TiVo, and the iPod satisfy … More Christina Rosen: Joining Cass Sustein As Modern Nannies?More Christina Rosen: Joining Cass Sustein As Modern Nannies?

Wsj On Michael Powell

Lynne Kiesling Following up on Mike’s post, the Wall Street Journal opined about Powell’s legacy: In fact, Mr. Powell has spent the past four years focused on much more substantive matters regarding the government’s role in overseeing a telecommunications sector that has never been more dynamic. This is Mr. Powell’s proper legacy, and if he … More Wsj On Michael PowellMore Wsj On Michael Powell

FCC Chairman Michael Powell To Resign

Michael Giberson Just yesterday The Economist said, “By all rights, Michael Powell ought to be thoroughly fed up. …Yet fresh from the ritzy Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mr Powell seems as full of zest for public office as ever.” Maybe not. Overnight, reports have begun appearing in online media saying that Powell would … More FCC Chairman Michael Powell To ResignMore FCC Chairman Michael Powell To Resign