Tuesday's Assorted Links
Disinflation vs. deflation, Swiftonomics, short-term rentals, best books of 2023, and Bob Solow
Hi y’all! Here are five stories I saw this week with interesting applications to economics or teaching:
Inflation has cooled a lot. So why do things still feel so expensive? [NPR]
University of Delaware brings Taylor Swift economics course to campus [Delaware Online]
Short-term rentals are taking over college towns, fueled by wealthy fans and investors who turn homes into hotels for a few weeks out of the year [The New York Times]
The best books of 2023, according to 1,200+ authors [Shepherd Books]
Nobel laureate Robert (Bob) Solow passed away last week at age 99 [The New York Times]
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Yesterday’s post explored the hidden economic and environmental costs of using rock salt for deicing roads. This extensive use, costing over $4 billion annually, not only leads to significant roadway and infrastructure damage but also poses serious risks to our environment, including soil and water contamination.