These appear on page C2 of the Business section every fourth Thursday, under the label Economic Scene.
- Why New Savings Plans Won't Work, March 13, 2003
- Default choices in saving plans may be too powerful.
- Deficits and Political Pain, Feb 13, 2003
- The deficit is bad and getting worse.
- Bush's Plan to Eliminate Taxes on Stock Dividends, Jan 16, 2003
- There's a lot to be said for eliminating the double taxation of dividends, but it should be done at the right time in the right way.
- Online Sales Offer Fresh Look at Economy, Dec 19, 2002
- Online shopping was supposed to revolutionize the way we
buy. That hasn't happened quite yet, but economic research on online
commerce is booming.
- The Fed Trounces the Private Sector in Crystal-Ball Gazing, Nov 22, 2002
- Whom should we believe: Fed forecasts or the private sector?
- Lessons in Experiments Gone Wrong, Oct 24, 2002
- The 2002 Nobel in Economic Science.
- Employment and Prosperity Affect Body Inflation, Sept 26, 2002
- Close to half the American population is estimated to be
overweight, a condition that has serious economic consequences because
of its impact on labor supply and health care.
- When Economics Shifts From Science to Engineering, August 29, 2002
- Economists are increasingly being called on to give advice a
variety of market and market-like mechanisms.
- Tales of Manipulation and Design, August 1, 2002
- Auctions are a great way to sell, but they are subject to manipulation.
- New Chips Can Keep a Tight Rein on Consumers, July 4, 2002
- As chips get cheaper, products get smarter. Sometimes they can get too smart for their own good.
- Productivity and Profitability Make Odd Couple in Odd Recession, June 6, 2002
- Is the recent increase in productivity good news for business?
Not necessarily. The relationship between productivity and
profitability is looser than one might think.
- Knowing About Diluted Earnings Is a Powerful Tool, May 9 2002
- Should options be expensed or not? Here's a suggestion.
- What, Exactly, Was on John Nash's Beautiful Mind?, April 11, 2002
- So what did John Nash actually do?
- Enron Is Worst-Case Example of Need for Clearer Accounting
Rules, March 14, 2002
- The "genius of capitalism" depends critically on having clear
rules and transparent reporting for accounting.
- Investor Behavior Plays Role in Debate Over Wider Choice in 401(ks)s, February 14, 2002
- Behaviorial economists present evidence that more choice isn't necessarily better, a finding relevant to the debate over 401(k) plans.
- A New Economy With No New Economics, January 17, 2002
- Coase's 1937 paper on "The Nature of the Firm" doesn't necessarily imply that firms will get smaller when communication costs go down, contrary to some claims.
- For Too Many, Social Security Is Main Retirement Plan, December 20,2001
- Even relatively wealthy Americans save too little for retirement.
- A Bangladesh Bank Relies on Peer Pressure for Collateral, November 22, 2001
- How the Grameen Bank overcomes asymmetric information problems that perpetuate local monopolies.
- The Case for Catastrophe Bonds, October 25, 2001
- Catastrophe bonds, a form of reinsurance, are based on a 50-year old idea by a Nobel laureate economic theorist.
- Some Views on How to Steer the Economy Towards Recovery, October 13, 2001
- Temporary tax rebates for consumers and firms will induce them to spend quickly.
- Videoconferencing May Get Much-Needed Critical Mass, October 4, 2001
- Will videoconferencing ever take off?
- Slowdown in IT Equipment Sales Fuels Push Into Services Business, September 10, 2001
- Forget about personalization, portals and push. Today's mantra in information technology is "services."
- Good Monitors Make for Better Contracts, August 23, 2001.
- Most computers have monitors, but some computers are monitors.
- Sorting Out Bundling and Antitrust Law, July 26, 2001
- Selling bundles of products to increase profits.
- G.E. and Honeywell Ran Afoul of 19th-Century Thinking, June 28, 2001
- How the economics of complements influenced EU thinking on the G.E.-Honeywell merger.
- Market Risks Could Hurt the Social Security Safety Net, May 31, 2001
- Privatizing social security caries significant risks, since the recent
performance of the stock market cannot be counted on.
- The Power of Luck Is Important in Tax Policy, May 3, 2001
- How much income is due to ability, and how much to luck? The
answer is important for the shape of the "optimal income tax".
- Special Rate Schedules May Solve Energy Woes, April 5, 2001
- An "increasing block rate" can help moderate demand for electricity.
- Forget Net Taxes. Forget Sales Taxes Altogether, March 8, 2001
- Rather than extend sales tax to the Internet, think about
dropping it altogether and find better ways to tax consumption.
- Comparing Nasdaq and Tulips Unfair to Flowers, February 8, 2001
- Was the Nasdaq bubble yet another example of tuplimania? No, but not for the reason you think. [Chart.]
- California Must Control Demand for Power, January 11, 2001
- The reason for the California electricity crisis can be summed up
in four words: demand grew, supply didn't.
- Exposing the Fraying Edges in the Fabric of the Economy, December 18, 2000
- Part of the 2001 Economic Outlook section.
- Technology Rise and Fall Is as American as the Model T, December 14, 2000
- Technology booms and busts have been with us for centuries.
Users as Laboratory Rats, November 16, 2000
- Unravelling the mystery of "late bidders" on eBay and Amazon.
- Tax Cuts
May Be Fashionable, but Now's a Good Time to Raise Gas Taxes, October 19, 2000
- United States policy on gasoline taxation could be much improved.
- Examining Differences in Drug Prices, September 21, 2000
- The economics of differential drug pricing.
- Online Commerce Creates Strange Competition, August 24, 2000
- The Internet may raise or lower prices, depending on the nature of competition.
- Internet Changes the Economics of Information Industries, July 27, 2000.
- Economics of Napster.
- Mixing Economics and Political Science at Universities, June 29, 2000
- Economic approaches to forecasting election results.
- Managing Online Security Risks, June 1, 2000.
- Role of liability in risk management for computer security.
- Cool Media, November 13, 2000.
- A new generation is turning the tables on television.
- Paying Complements, May 22, 2000.
- The proposed Microsoft breakup puts the economics of competition
to the test.
- Priceline's Magic Show, April 17, 2000
- The name-your-price retailer has an old trick up its sleeve.
- Field of Dreams, March 17, 2000.
- What if you build broadband and no one comes?
- The Law of Recombinant Growth, February 28, 2000.
- Like Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, today's
inventors have learned that the sum is greater than its parts.
- Drop the Sales Tax, January 21, 2000.
- Stop worrying about online sales tax collection. Tax income or
Articles by Hal R. Varian
These are articles by and about me, op-ed pieces, interviews, etc. that are written
for the general reader. More technical work can be found in the research papers
- The Economics of Innovation, Infoworld, December 2002
- Netting a Profit, Optimize, May 2002
- High Tech Will Rise Again, Newsweek, January 2002
- The Computer Mediated Economy, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, 44(3), p93, 2001. (PDF file)
- How Much Information? (coauthored with Peter Lyman), October 19, 2000
- Miles and
Miles of Flexible Track, Forbes ASAP , October 2,
- Five Habits of Highly Effective Revolutions, Forbes ASAP, February 21, 2000.
the smart way to sell information, Harvard
Business Review, Nov-Dec, 1998.
in, not locked out, The Industry
Standard, October 23, 1998
- Lock 'em
Magazine, October 15, 1998
art of war, Wired, October
- Pricing Electronic Journals, D-Lib Magazine, June 1996.
- Q&A with UC Berkeley's Hal Varian, Business Week, March 26, 2001.
- To Hal Varian, the Price is Always Right, Strategy and Business, First Quarter, 2000.
- Board of Economists, Time Magazine,
Oct 4, 1999.
- Beer, Peanuts and Money on the Net, Newsweek International, February 11, 2001.
- Boolean Trades and Hurrican Bonds, Wall Street Journal, Monday, May 8, 2000, A42.
- A Judo Blow
Against Microsoft, Wall Street Journal, Monday, Feb 2, 1998, A22.
- How to Strengthen the Internet Backbone, Wall Street Journal, Monday, June 8, 1998, A22.