Author Anita Loos imagines a female utility maximizer
JANUARY 29, 2015 by SARAH SKWIRE
What if you took homo economicus, put him into a novel, and changed him to her? Meet "Lorelei."
Scarcity means deciding how to best use the resources we have
JANUARY 15, 2015 by SARAH SKWIRE
Not having enough money for all the things you want isn't a crisis. It's a simple fact of living in the world.
It is not enough to urge Scrooge to be good to others
DECEMBER 18, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Everyone knows Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. But few recall another Victorian tale that brings balance to the story of Scrooge.
Things are only going to get more uncomfortable from here on out
DECEMBER 04, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
When the lives of individuals are used as symbols for the purposes of politics, no one wins but the politicians.
Some Things Never Change (like Rent Control)
NOVEMBER 20, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
For 70 years, The Freeman has been trying to tell the world about the pernicious effects of rent control. Intermittently, fiction writers have joined in. Will this policy always keep cities trapped in stasis?
A capitalist thread runs through the history of temptation
NOVEMBER 06, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
It shines in candlelight. It whispers seductively. It makes the gowns for queens and princesses, the scarf at the throat of the aviator, the lingerie that suggests and arouses before it is even worn.
Reflections on disease in the time of Ebola
OCTOBER 23, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Can historical memory help us confront the plagues of the 21st century?
Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century
OCTOBER 09, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.
From risky surgery to lithotripsy
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.