“For best results, mattresses should be replaced every 8 years” — I recently saw an ad with this copy in a window of a mattress store near my home. My immediate reaction was amazement at my ignorance. I had no idea what the useful life of a mattress is or… Continue Reading A healthy skepticism

“Who would buy a car programmed to sacrifice the owner?” [1] What I love about this question is that it gets at two conflicting priorities – situations in which it might make sense to kill a consumer and determining the demand for such a product. The initial research on the… Continue Reading Who would buy a car programmed to sacrifice the owner?

Graham Allison’s article “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China headed for War?” published in this month’s Atlantic reviews the rise of China in the context of other rising nations and the challenges they pose to incumbents. Notably, he points out that the mere presence of a challenger can… Continue Reading Reaction: The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

  In his article summarizing the work of Johannes Stroebel and Joseph S Vavra, “When Housing Prices Rise, So Do Retail Prices,” Hintze writes: Higher home prices lead to higher household spending, according to recent academic research. But New York University’s Johannes Stroebel and Chicago Booth’s Joseph S. Vavra argue… Continue Reading Reaction: “When Housing Prices Rise, So Do Retail Prices”