The Economics of Street Meter Parking

Lynne Kiesling Chicagoist reports that the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicagoland’s “smart-growth” top-down planning elites, is proposing to reduce the amount of “free” on-street parking by installing more meters in business districts. They also propose to raise parking meter prices: The Metropolitan Planning Council has proposed to install more parking meters and raise meter rates in … More The Economics of Street Meter ParkingMore The Economics of Street Meter Parking

Winds of Change Energy Markets and Policies, April 14

Lynne Kiesling John Atkinson’s got another value-packed and informative post on energy policy at Winds of Change. Note in particular John’s discussion of investments and mergers in Europe. I would also add that he is kind enough to link to my earlier post about “deregulation” and the politics that prevent it from happening, and the … More Winds of Change Energy Markets and Policies, April 14More Winds of Change Energy Markets and Policies, April 14

Joel Mokyr Wins Heineken Prize in History

Lynne Kiesling Heartfelt congratulations to my friend and colleague Joel Mokyr, who has been awarded the Heineken Prize in History. The link to the press release is broken, but I paraphrase it thus: the prize is awarded for his work in the understanding of the knowledge base underpinning modern industrialization processes. … More Joel Mokyr Wins Heineken Prize in History

Georgeous Pittsburgh Pictures

Lynne Kiesling These pictures of the Pittsburgh skyline from various locations are wonderful. They highlight what a gorgeous city my hometown is! Hat tip to I heart PGH. … More Georgeous Pittsburgh Pictures

Technology and Pricing to Engage and Empower Electricity Customers

Lynne Kiesling Earlier this week I gave a guest lecture in a class in the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at Columbia University. The topic shouldn’t surprise you: using technology and pricing to engage and empower electricity consumers (the link is to my presentation notes). It was a blast. We talked about … More Technology and Pricing to Engage and Empower Electricity CustomersMore Technology and Pricing to Engage and Empower Electricity Customers

Conflicting Signals at the Marginal Revolution

Michael Giberson I’m getting conflicting signals from Marginal Revolution. No, not the disagreement between Alex and Tyler over Deidre McCloskey’s recent lecture on prudence in politics. It’s the The Shangri-La Diet, currently listed under the heading “We Recommend.” Click through to Amazon and check out the author’s name on the cover – “Seth Roberts, PhD.” … More Conflicting Signals at the Marginal RevolutionMore Conflicting Signals at the Marginal Revolution

The Business of Armani’s Fashion House

Lynne Kiesling Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interview with Giorgio Armani about the business side of his vastly successful fashion house (subscription required). Coming to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s for soft, yet elegant, tailored fashions for men and women, Armani has extended his name brand to home furnishings, fragrance, makeup, and accessories. … More The Business of Armani’s Fashion HouseMore The Business of Armani’s Fashion House

Topping the Singles Chart With Online-only Releases

Lynne Kiesling A coda (pun intended) to our music week features comes from this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, which had an article (subscription required) about U.S. hip-hop band Gnarls Barkley. Their single “Crazy” entered the U.K. singles charts at number 1, making this the first song to do so that has only been released on … More Topping the Singles Chart With Online-only ReleasesMore Topping the Singles Chart With Online-only Releases

Punish or Perish?

Michael Giberson An article recently published in Science reports on research demonstrating that while many people initially prefer participating in groups without the ability to punish or be punished by others, over time subjects migrate into a group allowing punishment. Or, as the authors — Özgür Gürerk, Bernd Irlenbusch, and Bettina Rockenbach — explain it … More Punish or Perish?More Punish or Perish?

We Notice You’re Not Using Internet Explorer

Michael Giberson In fact-checking myself on “Rivers of Babylon” (discussed in the continuation of my previous post), I saw in the Wikipedia entry that Sublime covered the tune too. I had just used the Wal-mart.com website to download the Virginia CutUps version of the tune – yeah, I’m not too hip to download music from … More We Notice You’re Not Using Internet ExplorerMore We Notice You’re Not Using Internet Explorer