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Economic View - Why Free Parking Comes at a Price - NYTimes.com
Yet 99 percent of all automobile trips in the United States end in a free parking space, rather than a parking space with a market price. In his book, Professor Shoup estimated that the value of the free-parking subsidy to cars was at least $127 billion in 2002, and possibly much more.
traffic  automobile  economics  pricing  price  parking  transit  cities  urban  design  law  regulation  transportation  bias 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Health Beat: Massachusetts’ Problem and Maryland’s Solution We Don’t Have to Wait for Washington Part 2
In 1977, Maryland decided that, rather than leaving prices to the vagaries of a marketplace where insurers and hospitals negotiate behind closed doors, it would delegate the task of setting reimbursement rates for acute-care hospitals to an independent agency, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.
health-care  reform  state-government  state  cost  price 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Unchecked Provider Clout In California Foreshadows Challenges To Health Reform -- Berenson et al., 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0715 -- Health Affairs
Faced with declining payment rates, California providers have implemented various strategies that have strengthened their leverage in negotiating prices with private health plans. When negotiating together, hospitals and physicians enhance their already significant bargaining clout. California’s experience is a cautionary tale for national health reform: It suggests that proposals to promote integrated care through models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) could lead to higher rates for private payers. Because antitrust policy has proved ineffective in curbing most provider strategies that capitalize on providers’ market power to win higher payments, policy makers need to consider approaches including price caps and all-payer rate setting.
health  health-care  reform  economics  power  negotiating  price 
march 2010 by tsuomela
PIMCO - Midnight Candles Gross November
Let me start out by summarizing a long-standing PIMCO thesis: The U.S. and most other G-7 economies have been significantly and artificially influenced by asset price appreciation for decades. Stock and home prices went up – then consumers liquefied and spent the capital gains either by borrowing against them or selling outright. Growth, in other words, was influenced on the upside by leverage, securitization, and the belief that wealth creation was a function of asset appreciation as opposed to the production of goods and services.
economics  asset-prices  growth  price  history  wall-street 
october 2009 by tsuomela

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