economics

Was Long-Distance Calling a Scam?

Remember long-distance calling from landlines? If you wanted to call someone in a different area code, or at least someone fairly far away from you,…

How Reading Became a Lifestyle Brand

I have a friend who starts every morning by swaddling her baby in a Hungry Caterpillar onesie before getting dressed on her own, pulling on…

How Much Money Do Parking Lots Actually Make?

Paid parking lots: Those slabs of asphalt in the middle of cities with narrow spaces and often extortionate rates are pretty much a necessary evil…

The Bargain-Basement Economics of Dollar Stores

Dollar stores — they’re everywhere these days. Why? Because this is America, dammit, and we want to stock up on party supplies, instant mac ’n’…