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Tipping Fatigue, Not So Public Land, College Enrollment, Holiday Gift Price Index, and the Christmas Price Index
Hello y’all! Here are some of my favorite stories last week that contained some interesting economic concepts:
Worries about inflation have led to consumers experiencing “tipping fatigue” [CNBC]
There are millions of acres of public land that isn’t even accessible to the public because it’s surrounded by private land [The New York Times]
Is higher education approaching an “enrollment cliff”? [Vox]
Holiday spending is way up according to the Holiday Gift Price Index [Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis]
PNC tracks the cost of the 12 Days of Christmas with their Christmas Price Index (CPI) [PNC]
Yesterday I wrote about Qatar’s $200+ billion budget for hosting the 2022 World Cup:
Week 47 is over and I have checked in 50 books for the year. I’ll likely wrap up a few more books this week and hit my mark of reading 52 books with a few weeks to spare. I recently finished The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. I was racing through the first 70% of the book because the storyline was so fascinating. Here’s a blurb from Amazon:
Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
The end of the book, however, was disappointing to me. I was really hoping for a more engaging ending. It’s got a great rating on Amazon and Goodreads, so some people clearly love it. It was a nice fiction break as I struggle to finish a host of non-fiction books I’ve started recently.