A nuanced look at politicians’ favorite policy tool. Everyone likes a puppy. You get a puppy you’re immediately in love. You never want to get rid of it. Puppies also … Continue Reading Subsidies and Puppies.
Recent research questions a widely held belief. (This post is co-authored with Kenneth Lee and Edward Miguel.) The head of Swedfund, the development finance group, recently summarized a widely-held belief: … Continue Reading Does Solving Energy Poverty Help Solve Poverty? Not Quite.
Transportation agencies need to be prepared before inviting private investment in infrastructure. Last month President Trump released his plan to “rebuild our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” While it is not uncommon … Continue Reading Lessons from Utilities for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
It’s time for lawmakers to make the $3 billion per year puzzle a priority. It’s not going away. Back in October, I blogged, and published an op-ed about California’s mystery … Continue Reading California’s Mystery Gasoline Surcharge Continues
Moving to a foreign country has a way of spurring experiments with lifestyle change. Our family has temporarily relocated to Switzerland where my kids have happily adjusted to the Swiss … Continue Reading The Sharing Economy is Learning How to Ride a Bike
Time for Washington to become the first U.S. state with a carbon tax. How often do you have an opportunity to change history? The Washington State legislature does right now. … Continue Reading The Evergreen State’s Golden Opportunity to Lead on Climate
It depends on whether it’s winter and whether you’re poor. Coauthored with Ed Rubin. There are many ways to scramble an egg. Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsey and Alice Waters all … Continue Reading How Much Do Residential Consumers Respond to the Price of Natural Gas?