Professor Sullivan Rocks!

Lynne Kiesling Congratulations to Dennis Sullivan, my former undergrad professor (to whom I owe my undying gratitude for, among other things, having me read Sen’s Paretian liberal paradox argument), who has been named the 2005-2006 Miami University Alumni Association Effective Educator. I concur; he’s been an inspiration to me for (gaack!) decades, both in and … More Professor Sullivan Rocks!More Professor Sullivan Rocks!

Adam Smith Lives!

Lynne Kiesling For you KP readers who don’t eat, sleep and breathe electricity policy, this new blog called Adam Smith Lives! might be more to your taste. Written by Sandra Peart, a historian of economic thought, it is a good read that puts a lot of great shape and nuance on the history of economic … More Adam Smith Lives!More Adam Smith Lives!

Resource Adequacy, Investment, and Capacity Markets in Electricity

Lynne Kiesling Resource adequacy is the current hot topic in electricity policy. Fueled by the glacially incremental restructuring process in the states and concerns about service reliability in this persistent policy limbo, states and regional system operators have explored a variety of means of providing forward-looking reliability incentives in the absence of the regulatory mandate … More Resource Adequacy, Investment, and Capacity Markets in ElectricityMore Resource Adequacy, Investment, and Capacity Markets in Electricity

Change of Case

Lynne Kiesling As you’ve by now inferred, we’ve made the exec-you-tee-vo decision to change to Title Case on titles at KP. Many thanks for the input I got from several of you, public and otherwise. I think what swung the decision was the ability to reserve all caps for times when we want the emphasis, … More Change of CaseMore Change of Case

Price Wars: Attorneys General Strike Back

Michael Giberson Rainbough Phillips amusingly tags price gouging as “the Phantom Menace” in a post on Catallarchy. She also provides a neat insider’s look at the supply and demand for emergency supplies, viewed from the returns counter at an Austin-area big box hardware store. Meanwhile, back in Houston, authorities are urging the city’s gasoline station … More Price Wars: Attorneys General Strike BackMore Price Wars: Attorneys General Strike Back

Name That Tune!

Lynne Kiesling In his last column in Technology Review in December 2004, Michael Schrage talked about the importance of the diffusion of innovation. He made a lot of very trenchant observations, including The challenge for policymakers and populations alike is how to cope with the pervasive-and perverse-consequences of ever more people gaining access to ever … More Name That Tune!More Name That Tune!

This … Or This?

Lynne Kiesling While I’m digressing, let me ask y’all a style question: are the all caps titles OK, or jarring? Should we switch to Title Case? all lower case (I’m not serious about that one)? I’ve noticed that when I see the all caps titles in RSS feeds they stand out, and I’m not sure … More This … Or This?More This … Or This?

E.e. Cummings

Lynne Kiesling That is how much I like him, that I am willing to break from KP title protocol … I’m putting the whimsically allegorical poem that Kurt Elling read on Wednesday after the cut, if you are interested. Here’s the first stanza as a teaser: here is little Effie’s head whose brains are made … More E.e. CummingsMore E.e. Cummings

What a Crazy Week: Franz, Kurt, Etc.

Lynne Kiesling It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been this tired on a Friday afternoon. First week of classes, working on a project with a short timeframe, not enough exercise, and two fun back-to-back music events. The later one, Wednesday, was our standing visit to the Green Mill to hear The Kurt Elling … More What a Crazy Week: Franz, Kurt, Etc.More What a Crazy Week: Franz, Kurt, Etc.

The Paper River Experiment

Lynne Kiesling I am teaching environmental economics this fall, and Tuesday was our first day of class. As I have structured the class, it focuses on common-pool resource allocation decisions. So I typically start the class with the example of a river, which I draw on the board. I ask students to name the different … More The Paper River ExperimentMore The Paper River Experiment