Progressive fines for traffic violations may make economic sense. I cross a busy intersection on one of my regular jogging routes. I have been nearly run over numerous times by … Continue Reading Should Rich People Pay Higher Speeding Tickets?
Does a program to subsidize used electric vehicles make sense? I was recently informed that my electricity will no longer come from PG&E, but from a community choice aggregator (CCA) … Continue Reading Rebates for Electric Clunkers?
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
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?
20% of industrial consumers adopted a new energy efficiency software tool. If you had asked me 10 years ago where I thought there were more opportunities for energy efficiency improvements … Continue Reading Are We Promoting the Right Kind of Energy Efficiency?
Because electricity is not priced optimally, we all pay for excessive Bitcoin mining. (This post is coauthored with Catherine Wolfram) You may be reading this blog post in your dorm … Continue Reading Bitcoins Should Be Called BTUcoins, and That’s a Problem
Externalities from shipping crude by rail are still disproportionally larger than those from pipeline transport. My twitter feed exploded late last week. And no, I am not talking about the … Continue Reading The Keystone Pipeline’s XL-ish Spill