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Minimum wage, push notifications, weight loss, Halloween spending, and a Nobel Prize
Hi y’all! Here are five stories from this week that contained some neat applications of economic principles or are related to teaching:
California will raise its minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 per hour next April, the highest guaranteed base salary in the industry [Associated Press]
The median US teen receives an average of 237 notifications each day, but some receive thousands [Common Sense Media]
An airline the size of United Airlines could save $80 million per year in fuel costs if the average passenger’s weight fell by 10 pounds [Bloomberg]
Barbie is expected to be the third-most-popular Halloween costume for adults this year and #7 for kids [National Retail Federation]
The 2023 Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Claudia Goldin, whose research into the gender employment gap has, ironically, made her the first woman to win the award without sharing it with a male colleague [BBC]
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From vacant storefronts to a spooky wonderland, Spirit Halloweens’ pop-up operation is usually the sign that Halloween is right around the corner. It takes a keen understanding of demand and average costs to know when to shut down and when to operate. Dive into this week’s Halloween-themed journey: