Road to Ruin: Tesla vs. Auto Dealers

Tesla Motors, the famed electric vehicle startup from billionaire Elon Musk, is feeling the full brunt of auto dealers associations wielding antiquated regulations. On March 11th, the state of New Jersey, facing complaints from the New Jersey Auto Dealers Association, banned Tesla from selling its electric cars directly over the internet from the factory to… Read More

An Economist’s Take on Digital Paywalls

From premium newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times to made-up news weeklies like Weekly World News to the satirical magazine The Onion, nearly all news websites have adopted, or at least tested, a paywall for online readers. Yet, prominent economists have discovered gaping holes in a business strategy that has… Read More

The Argument for Better Access to AEDs

I recently took my very first First Aid course with CPR and AED certification for St. John’s ambulance and I was astounded to learn how effective Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are at saving lives. In cases of cardiac arrest, an AED can double the rate of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (Weisfeldt et. al.).… Read More

Why Egypt Could Fail

I’ve finally had a chance to read Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. It provides a useful tool for looking at the President Morsi’s attempt to centralize power in his own office could damage Egypt’s fragile economy. In Why Nations Fail Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson reiterate throughout that politically inclusive institutions,… Read More

The Cost of Regulatory Opacity

The Canadian government’s recent blocking of the sale of Progress Energy Resources to Malaysian state-owned Petronas has raised calls to act on the vagueness of the “net benefit” test applied to mergers in Canada over $331 million. The lack of clear criteria for this net benefit test has serious economic implications for investment in Canada.… Read More

There Is No ‘Competitive Economy’ On/Off Switch

As anticipated by many observers, elections in Greece ended in stalemate as many Greeks elected to support the Coalition of the Radical Left and other anti-austerity parties over that the two traditional parties, New Democracy and PASOK. One of the bailout conditions that the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left,¬†Alexis Tsipras, refuses to… Read More

It’s (Rarely) the Government’s Fault

As the U.K. slipped into a technical recession – two quarters of negative GDP growth – the media, industry, and opposition parties were quick to pounce on the U.K. government austerity measures. Either they blamed the U.K. government for the slowdown outright, or suggested that austerity during an economic slump are foolish. The data says… Read More

Across the Eurozone, Citizens Vote Out Austerity Governments

World stocks continue to oscillate with every bond sale and finance minister utterance in the 17 member Eurozone. Yet, the underlying reality is that the situation hasn’t changed at all. Matthew O’Brien has a nice summary in The Atlantic. It’s tragicomic. Southern Europe already has an unemployment crisis. Their depression-levels of joblessness are a dagger… Read More

The Canadian Mint Has Unveiled the Blueprint of a Bitcoin Successor

The Bitcoin currency – an online, anonymous currency, ‘mined’ by computing power – was fraught with problems from the start. Bitcoin’s supporters champion that it’s ‘safe from the instability of fractional reserve banking‘. Hardly. Bitcoin has proven to be a volatile currency, with only a tiny market for goods and services, no available deposit insurance,… Read More