robert frank

  • October 16, 2009   BY  

    Editor’s note: From time to time, we get questions here at the Business Desk that feel designed for our frequent guest blogger Robert Frank, author of The Economic Naturalist: Why Economics Explains Almost Everything. Today, we’re happily giving him the … Continue reading

  • August 3, 2009   BY  

    Editor’s Note: Robert Frank, author of The Economic Naturalist’s Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times, recently guest-blogged for several weeks here at the Business Desk with answers to some of life’s economic ironies: why brides buy dresses while … Continue reading

  • July 7, 2009   BY  

    Whether it’s tackling why brides buy outfits and grooms rent to explaining why drive-up ATMs have Braille dots and freezers don’t have lights, Robert Frank has been guest blogging fascinating answers to the world’s economic ironies for the past week. … Continue reading

  • June 30, 2009   BY  

    Robert Frank: As promised yesterday, today’s economic naturalist question is one of my two all-time favorites from among the many thousands submitted over the years by former students. “Why,” Bill Tjoa wanted to know, “do the keypad buttons on drive-up … Continue reading

  • December 19, 2008   BY  

    Question/Comment: We’re told that lower consumer spending will make economic recovery much more difficult. We’re admonished that we don’t save nearly enough, and are among the lowest among industrialized nations. So which is it: spend or save? Paul Solman: The … Continue reading