Who Are The Top Sugar Subsidy Recipients?

Lynne Kiesling In the comments to my earlier post about sugar industry rent seeking, Dan asks who are the top recipients of these sugar subsidies. I did a search on Hoover’s for U.S. companies listing SIC 2061 (cane sugar growing) and 2062 (cane sugar refining and processing) as their primary SIC codes. I excluded beet … More Who Are The Top Sugar Subsidy Recipients?More Who Are The Top Sugar Subsidy Recipients?

Another Technical Comment

Lynne Kiesling The RSS feeds seem to be … sticky. I had a couple of them come through successfully late this morning, but the past couple of posts have not shown up, and it’s been more than an hour. What gives? … More Another Technical Comment

House Renovation: Have We Got Concrete?

Lynne Kiesling Over the past several years, some kind readers have inquired after the state of our home. Here’s the backstory: three years ago we bought a neglected 1924 Craftsman home in Chicago. We did some preliminary work (air conditioning, plaster, refinished wood), but then spent three years living in the place and working with … More House Renovation: Have We Got Concrete?

More Sugar Lobbying; Will It Ever End?

Lynne Kiesling Today’s New York Times has an editorial on the sugar lobby, and the apparent unwillingness of the members of Congress to do anything constructive to constrain their special interest self-aggrandizement. A couple of weeks ago the Times ran a story on the sugar industry’s attempts to construct a political hedge for their profits … More More Sugar Lobbying; Will It Ever End?More More Sugar Lobbying; Will It Ever End?

Smart Money on Enernoc and Comverge

Lynne Kiesling A bit of shameless self-promotion … this Smart Money article on Enernoc and Comverge includes a (fairly anodyne) quote from me about how demand response can enhance electric power network reliability. This concept of a “virtual power plant” is just a fancy way of saying that both electricity retailers (utilities is the old-fashioned … More Smart Money on Enernoc and ComvergeMore Smart Money on Enernoc and Comverge

Technical Update

Lynne Kiesling I think that I’ve just updated the RSS 2.0 template to send full posts out on the RSS feed. Testing, testing … I’ve also updated the RSS 1.0 template, and I’ve reset Feedburner so that it uses the RSS 2.0 feed. Anything you think I’m missing? Please let me know. It’s interesting; when … More Technical UpdateMore Technical Update

Prediction Markets or Insider Trading Could Reveal Information Hidden from Upper Management

Michael Giberson Larry Ribstein suggests that at least some of Boeing’s troubles with the 787 might have been avoided if either insider trading was permitted in Boeing’s stock or the company was operating internal prediction markets focused on project completion. The quotes that Ribstein draws from the Wall Street Journal article on Boeing highlight two … More Prediction Markets or Insider Trading Could Reveal Information Hidden from Upper ManagementMore Prediction Markets or Insider Trading Could Reveal Information Hidden from Upper Management

New Fashion Read

Lynne Kiesling Sitting in the Manchester, NH airport, coming home from a way cool conference on new frontiers in emergent order research … the brain is too full to think of anything along those lines for a post! But courtesy of The Manolo,, I’ve found a new fashion read: The Thoughtful Dresser, by writer Linda … More New Fashion ReadMore New Fashion Read

Economists Do Not Understand the Opposition to Congestion Pricing

Michael Giberson A few recent news articles on congestion has Peter Klein at Organization and Markets asking, “Why the Resistance to Pricing?” When the quantity demanded exceeds the quantity supplied — causing shortages, delays, congestion, misallocation — the solution is to raise the price. Every freshman economics student knows this. Why, then, are regulators, industry … More Economists Do Not Understand the Opposition to Congestion PricingMore Economists Do Not Understand the Opposition to Congestion Pricing

Reason In Dc

Lynne Kiesling If you are attending Reason In DC on Saturday, I’ll see you there! Won’t be there today, though. Tomorrow Ron Bailey, Fred Smith and I will discuss carbon policy. Should be a stimulating discussion … … More Reason In Dc