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CARES Act — should congress continue benefits after July 31st?

The CARES Act provided supplemental unemployment insurance benefits of $600 a week to all workers who qualify for benefits. These benefits expire at the end of July. Should this supplement be extended? The CARES act unemployment insurance should not be extended. Shutdowns to reduce the spread of COVID-19 caused businesses to layoff their workers by …

Does Having More Make You Use Less? Scarcity Effects on Water Use

This is the final project for Econometrics Class Does the size of a site determine the quality of water management? I study determinants of overwatering for commercial and public sites in Northern California. I investigate how total landscaped area affects stakeholder’s engagement with a water management program. I find that larger sites are much more …

Paying Not To Go to the Gym

Brooke Whitcomb Motivation is difficult, and it’s hard to stick to a plan. How should a person optimize a plan to make better decisions? In their paper, “Paying Not to Go to the Gym”, DellaVigna and Malmender find that gym members who pay $70 per month only visit the gym on average 4.3 times per …

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