The Amazon-macmillan Ebook Kerfuffle: an Ode to Price Discrimination

Lynne Kiesling [I love the word kerfuffle] Price discrimination is the basic economics question in the current iPad-induced Amazon-Macmillan kerfuffle, even more basic than the DRM/property rights issues and the antitrust/resale price maintenance issues I discussed in my last post on the matter. Lots of people have weighed in on the subject in the past … More The Amazon-macmillan Ebook Kerfuffle: an Ode to Price Discrimination

Bump: Adam Smith and the “Man of System”

Lynne Kiesling I can always tell when I’m giving a midterm exam in my History of Economic Thought course; my old post on Adam Smith and the “man of system” starts showing up with more hits! Given the nature of public policy, politics, and regulation right now, and the fact that I see the “man … More Bump: Adam Smith and the “Man of System”

On the Road Again…

Michael Giberson I’ll be away from my desk for a couple of days, so posting may be light. (Unless I can figure out the WordPress ap on my phone, in which case maybe I’ll live blog parts of the renewable energy conference I’ll be attending in Austin.)

Shale Gas Supplies and the Alaska Gas Pipeline Question

Michael Giberson For 30 odd years there has been talk of building a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska into Canada and down to the lower 48 states.  For a time it seemed almost a necessity given the prospects of diminishing gas supplies in the lower 48 and the cost of competing … More Shale Gas Supplies and the Alaska Gas Pipeline Question