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Holding Up an Airline

The peculiar problem of pilot scarcity in China might be resolved with simple economics. From 1968 to 1973 US commercial.

by Brian Viard | Feb. 24 2014

The iPad Index: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Is the iPad Index a good way of comparing the purchasing power parity of different countries? CommSec, a unit of.

by Brian Viard | Dec. 2 2013

Starbucks Prices in China: How Much For a Cup of Coffee?

CCTV’s recent report examining Starbucks prices in China has created a storm in a coffee cup. Are the concerns.

by Brian Viard | Nov. 19 2013

Tackling Excess Capacity in Industry: The Race Not Yet Run

Should the government take on the task of reducing excess capacity in an industry or is that best left to.

by Brian Viard | Oct. 17 2013

“Beggar Thy (Hotel) Neighbor”: Some Hotels in China are Expanding at Any Cost

How opening new hotels in China could damage the entire industry In late May, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) celebrated the.

by Brian Viard | Sep. 16 2013

What is the Price of a Good Education at Chinese Universities? It Depends on Your Interests

How will choosing your major affect the cost of your education? For students attending Chinese universities, price discrimination between majors.

by Brian Viard | Aug. 5 2013

Food safety and rice: ‘lemons’ in China’s dinner bowl

China’s recent food safety scare involving Hunanese rice resulted in a downturn in the entire rice market. If.

by Brian Viard | Jul. 15 2013

Giving Credit Where it is Due: A Key Innovation Incentive

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote almost 180 songs together between 1962 and 1969, most of them recorded by the.

by Brian Viard | Jun. 19 2013

Invisible Hand Revealed: Mobile Apps that Move Cabs

In an earlier article I discussed how the regulation of Beijing’s taxi fares had taken taxis off the road.

by Brian Viard | Apr. 18 2013

Bamboo Property Rights

Why enforcing the contentious issue of individual property rights might actually be a good thing for China. Moganshan Mountain near.

by Brian Viard | Apr. 8 2013

Controlling Your Drinking: How Price-Fixing Leaves Drinkers Yearning for More

As Chinese authorities implement new regulations to crack down on price-fixers, will consumers be better off or lose out.

by Brian Viard | Mar. 14 2013

Getting Away from it All: Chinese New Year Holiday Hordes

During Chinese New Year, hordes of travelers rush to tourist attractions. What casues this annual influx and how can overcrowding.

by Brian Viard | Feb. 27 2013

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