Females are prescribed psychiatric drugs at much higher rates than men. Females also tend to be more emotional (wide generalization). Processing emotions takes time, and time spent on emotional work is time NOT spent generating revenue. Ultimately, the trend of medicating female emotion (and emotion in general) is a money-driven one.
We all hate surge pricing, but it's a great way for Uber and its drivers to capture more value. What if GrubHub, Starbucks, etc. charged customers more during peak hours in order to pay service workers better? Could we ever break the cycle of reliance on cheap labor?
When fruit flies, it fails. Industrial agricultural practices have brought us berries in January, but at the cost of quality. Read about why harvesting heirloom varieties is important for taste, small farmers, and the environment.
It used to be that the strongest hunter had the most value in society. Today, the nerdy ideas man has the most worth. What happened?
Innovation is cyclical and inspired by other innovation. For example, this article was inspired by my purchase of innovative new ice cube trays. Read about how product variety is created, and how it can be a bad thing.
Most people could tell you that oil and energy is critical to our economy and planet. In fact, energy is the foundation of all growth, but it isn't included in our economic models. Here's why the discipline of economics needs to be re-organized.
The rise of American affluence gave us the luxury of choice and ability to be picky about what we like. Combined with newly formed marketing and advertising industries, consumer preferences developed that made perfect substitutes an economic unicorn. (If you don't know what a perfect substitute is, no worries, read on!)
Regulation in the last few years has made the stock market much less profitable, much to the chagrin of finance professionals (such as the pictured men). Is this a good or bad thing? To answer, we must decide who the stock market exists for.
When you take a hard science (mathematics) and a soft science (philosophy) and mash them together, what do you get? Economics, the hardest of the soft sciences!
Social trust has been found to affect GDP. It's lower among minorities. (Perhaps why the individuals trust-falling in this stock photo are white?)