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 …

Where does Recycling Really go?

Imagine a mountain of trash piling up in a warehouse, a conveyor belt in the ceiling delivering a constant snowfall of discarded materials mostly plastics. Like magic, an endless supply of plastics dropped starting as a small pile growing to an overwhelming mountain only moveable by large trucks.   That is the scene you walk into …

August 2022: Night Meeting

This is a short story I wrote this summer inspired by Ray Bradbury’s “August 2002: A night meeting” from the martian chronicles. Michael peeled back the black tape on the dashboard on the car to reveal the orange blinking signal “check engine” he scoffed to himself, why am I not surprised. Michael’s father was putting …

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