Regulatory Hurdles to Electricity Mergers Persist

Lynne Kiesling I saw an interesting article over the weekend about M&A activity in electricity. Currently there are two large electricity mergers that are receiving both federal and state regulatory review (Exelon/PSEG and Constellation/FPL), and the reviews are causing a lot of contentious political machinations because they are occurring at the same time as fuel … More Regulatory Hurdles to Electricity Mergers PersistMore Regulatory Hurdles to Electricity Mergers Persist

Restaurant-Customized Coca-Cola Drinks

Lynne Kiesling When you sell products globally with the volume that Coca-Cola does, how much additional profit do they really think they can earn from restaurant-customized beverages? Coca-Cola has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America, the nation’s preeminent culinary school, to develop specialty drinks for restaurants using Coke products and other sweet and savory … More Restaurant-Customized Coca-Cola DrinksMore Restaurant-Customized Coca-Cola Drinks

England: Winemaking Powerhouse of the Future?

Lynne Kiesling Regardless of whether climate change is anthropogenic or not, when it happens adaptation occurs. Is one beneficial future adaptation likely to be winemaking in England? Yes, according to a Telegraph article cited by Jonathan Pearce in this Samizdata post. Stranger things have happened … And happy belated birthday to Jonathan. … More England: Winemaking Powerhouse of the Future?

So We’re Finally Done Paying for the Spanish-American War!

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been complaining about this for so long, what will I do with myself … ? The long-reviled excise tax to pay for the Spanish-American War will finally be eliminated: The Treasury Department, conceding that it has no right to continue collecting a 108-year-old tax on long-distance telephone calls, announced yesterday that it … More So We’re Finally Done Paying for the Spanish-American War!More So We’re Finally Done Paying for the Spanish-American War!

Archive Spam …

Lynne Kiesling By the way, if you see spam on the archive posts, I know it’s there. It was one of the reasons for the upgrade. I’ve made sure my permissions are set correctly, and will be cleaning them up. … More Archive Spam …

Chicago Force: Women’s Football

Lynne Kiesling Guess what? There’s a women’s football (that’s American football) league, and it’s got a Chicago team called the Force. Even better: my fellow triathlete and bike/run spinning class instructor Mandy is a rookie wide receiver on the team! If you’re in town and want to spectate, they play at Lane Tech HS field, … More Chicago Force: Women’s FootballMore Chicago Force: Women’s Football

Low-Hanging Fruit for Economists Chasing Citation Counts?

Michael Giberson Elsewhere in the econ blog world, Tyler Cowen notes a new paper, Poetry in Economics, by Emory University’s Hugo Mialon. Mialon examines the effect on citation counts of employing rhetorical figures in the titles of economics articles. He finds, among other things, that adding a rhetorical figure to the title of an empirical … More Low-Hanging Fruit for Economists Chasing Citation Counts?More Low-Hanging Fruit for Economists Chasing Citation Counts?