Power demand dropping? Must be time to raise prices!

Michael Giberson News headline reflects the stark difference in pricing strategy between competing businesses and regulated monopolies: “Xcel: Slack demand signals need for rate hike.” The sub-headline reads, “The utility, which posted a profit increase, will ask Minnesota for approval to raise rates.” Profits are up? Must need to raise prices.┬áReading the article heightens the … More Power demand dropping? Must be time to raise prices!

Price gouging allegations on cancer drugs

Michael Giberson If you think political interference in gasoline markets is excessive, try reading about drug pricing for a while. From the Los Angeles Times: “Shortage of cancer drugs tied to simple economics, experts say.” And by “simple economics” they mean the perverse incentives created by government regulation that induce oncologists to prefer prescribing more … More Price gouging allegations on cancer drugs