PAI 897 Readings

Fall 2023

Below are links to articles on the reading list that are available on-line through the Syracuse University library or in Blackboard. The articles are organized by subject, as on the syllabus.

Because these articles are made available through the SU library, they are only available to SU students. If you are using a computer on campus, the links will take you directly to the article. If you are off-campus, you will be taken to a sign-in page so that you can access library materials remotely.

Irwin, Neil, “How Much is a C.E.O. Worth? America’s Confused Approach to Pay,” The New York Times, August 6, 2015, B5.

Kolata, Gina, “Tiny Heart Devices Reduce Death Rate, But Cost is Concern,” The New York Times, March 20, 2002, A1, A26.

Supply and Demand
Brooks, David, “Do Markets Work in Health Care?” The New York Times, January 13, 2017, A27.

Frakt, Austin, “Health Price Transparency Is Failing to Rein In Costs,” The New York Times, December 20, 2016, A3.

Mashal, Mjuib, Najim Rahim and Fahim Abel, “Afgan Farmers Clamor for Aid. Their Request: Gorge on Watermelons.” The New York Times, June 21, 2019, A4.

Porter, Eduardo, “Rationing Health Care More Fairly,” The New York Times, August 22, 2012, B1, B2.

“Never a bargain,” The Economist, June 29, 2019, 23.

“Palm roiled,” The Economist, May 7, 2022, 57

Applications of Supply and Demand
Badger, Emily and Eve Washington, “Across U.S., It’s Getting Harder to Find a Home,” The New York Times, July 14, 2022, A1.

Irwin, Neil, “Markets Adapt to Snarled Supply Chains,” The New York Times, July 6, 2021, B2.

Mariani, John, “Gas tax cap comes off, but so what?” Syracuse Post-Standard, June 8, 2008, B1, B3.

“Build, baby, build,” The Economist, August 11, 2018, 21-22.

“Credit where taxes are due,” The Economist, July 4, 2015, 64.

“Destination unknown,” The Economist, July 25, 2015, 61.

“Field work,” The Economist, April 13, 2013, 43-44.

“In a fix,” The Economist, January 11, 2020, 58-59.

“Levying the land,” The Economist, June 29, 2013, 69.

“Too damned high,” The Economist, August 27, 2022, 20.

“When the inc runs,” The Economist, May 15, 2021, 67.

Consumer Behavior: An Introduction to the Concept of Utility
Frank, Robert H., “Economic Scene: Of Hockey Players and Housing Prices,” The New York Times, October 27, 2005, C2.

“Economic focus: Stomach staples,” The Economist, March 26, 2011.

Consumer Behavior: Maximizing Utility
“BOGOF bobbies,” The Economist, December 17, 2016, 50.

“Money where your mouth is,” The Economist, November 10, 2013, 41-42.

“Feeding expectations,” The Economist, February 22, 2014, 63.

Applications of Consumer Theory
“Fat is a fiscal-policy issue,” The Economist, October 7, 2017, 71.

“Poor behaviour,” The Economist, December 6, 2014, 88.

“Reasonable doubt,” The Economist, October 14, 2017, 68.

Brooks, David “The Nudge Debate,” The New York Times, August 9, 2013, A17.

Jack, Kelsey, “Do Monthly Bills Undermine the Impact of Carbon Pricing?” Our 2 Cents Blog, July 10, 2019.

Porter, Eduardo, “Nudges Aren’t Enough to Solve Society’s Problems,” The New York Times, February 25, 2016, B1 & B4.

Thaler, Richard H. 2018. “From Cashews to Nudges: The Evolution of Behavioral Economics,” American Economic Review 108(6): 1265-1287 (optional).

The Behavior of Firms Under Perfect Competition: Profit Maximization and the Derivation of the Supply Curve
“Eroding exceptionalism,” The Economist, February 11, 2017, 51-52.

Hu, Winnie, “As Uber Ascends, Debt Demolishes Taxi Drivers,” The New York Times, September 11, 2017, A1.

Porter, Eduardo, “A Stock Windfall for Titans, A Debacle for Everyone Else,” The New York Times, February 14, 2018, B1, B4.

Porter, Eduardo, “Job Licenses in Spotlight as Uber Rises,” The New York Times, January 28, 2015, B1, B5.

Varian, Hal R., “Economic Scene: Why Old Media and Tom Cruise Should Worry About Cheaper Technology,” The New York Times, C3, October 19, 2006.

Perfect Competition and Economic Welfare
Kenny, Charles, “Trickle Down Economics,” Foreign Policy, December 5, 2011.

Porter, Eduardo, “The Risks of Cheap Water,” The New York Times, October 15, 2014, B1, B6.

The Effects of Market Power: Monopolies
Borenstein, Severin “The Little Utility that Could,” Energy Institute Blog, November 8, 2021.

Leonhardt, David, “Big Business is Overcharging You,” The New York Times, November 11, 2019, A23.

The Role of Government
“Limits to Public Intervention,” Chapter 8 in Weimer, David L. and Aidan R. Vining (2017), Policy Analysis, Sixth edition, Pearson Education, Boston, MA. (available in Blackboard)

Borenstein, Severin, “Stabilizing Utilities in an Unstable Climate” Energy Institute at Hass blog, January 22, 2019.

Rosenthal, Elisabeth, “Reinventing Post Offices in a Digital World,” The New York Times, October 31, 2012, A9.

Sorkin, Aaron Ross, “Price Gouging Can Aid Victims? Why Some Economists Say Yes,” The New York Times, September 12, 2017, B1, B6.

Wolfers, Justin, “Unusual Flavor of G.O.P. Primary Illustrates a Famous Paradox,” The New York Times, May 10, 2016, A3.

“Going postal,” The Economist, April 21, 2018, 59.

“One country, three systems,” The Economist, April 21, 2018, 38.

“Signal failure,” The Economist, April 11, 2020, 56-57.

“The unstuck middle,” The Economist, January 21, 2023, 19-20.

“The voice of public choice,” The Economist, January 19, 2013, 76.

“The worth of nations,” The Economist, May 5, 2018, 72.

Public Goods
“The price of jam,” The Economist, August 5, 2017, 45-46.

Hu, Winnie, “Is Your E-ZPass the key to Congestion Pricing in Manhattan?” The New York Times, March 22, 2018, A18.

Nixon, Ron, “Agreement on Interstate Repair Needs, but Not on How to Pay for Them,” The New York Times, April 4, 2014, A13.

Wald, Matthew L., “Fossil Fuels’ Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says,” The New York Times, October 20, 2009, A16.

“Taxes of sin,” The Economist, July 28, 2018, 44-45.

“The lives of others,” The Economist, August 19, 2017, 58-59.

Other Market Failures
Davis, Lucas, “Nuclear Moral Hazard” Energy Institute at Hass blog, June 24, 2026.

“The gene is out of the bottle,” The Economist, August 5, 2017, 58.

“Graduate stock,” The Economist, August 22, 2015, 62.

“Rainy-day funds needed,” The Economist, April 22, 2023, 77.

“Re-redistribute,” The Economist, July 22, 2017, 20.

“Secrets and agents,” The Economist, July 23, 2016, 55-56.

“Under water”, Thee Economist, September 9, 2017, 69.

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Dudley, Susan et al. (2017), “Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker,” Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 1-18.

Vining, Aidan R. and Weimer, David L., “The Application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to Social Policy,” La Follette Policy Report, 19(2), Spring 2010, pp. 1-4.(available in Blackboard)

Frakt, Austin, “Fighting Over Chores? Spend Money, Save the Marriage,” The New York Times: The Upshot Blog, April 2, 2018.

Pear, Robert, “New Laws Now Evaluated by Job Creation,” The New York Times, January 3, 2012, A16.

Wald, Matthew L, “Energy Dept. Said to Err on Coal Project,” The New York Times, March 11, 2009.

“Lives v livelihoods,” The Economist, July 3, 2021, 67-69.

Prest, Brian, “Discounting 101” Resources for the Future, January 6, 2020.

Discussion and Final Thoughts
“For goodness’ sake,” The Economist, March 20, 2021, 70.

“Room with a view,” The Economist, January 12, 2013, 66.

“Get off my cloud,” The Economist, January 14, 2017, 69.

“Which market model is best,” The Economist, September 12, 2020, 65.

Carroll, Aaron E., “Forbidden Topic in Health Policy Debate: Cost Effectiveness,” The New York Times: The Upshot Blog, December 16, 2014.