Economy Oct 16

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Frank Friday: A Bonus Economic Naturalist Post

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…

Economy Aug 03

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Why Do Cars Have Fuel Doors on Different Sides?

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…

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…

Dec 19

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Which Is It: Spend or Save?

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…

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