Andrew Yuengert

Andrew M. Yuengert is a 2015-16 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, and a Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University.

Abernathy, TX before the Self-driving Car

A month ago I flew out to Lubbock, Texas, to give a couple of talks at Lubbock Christian University. Several times over the course of two days the topic of self-driving cars came up in mealtime conversation. Self-driving cars were inevitabl...

Bad Popes and Public Memorials

One of the first things I noticed in Rome was the bodies. While praying in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva on my first visit, I happened to glance to my left, and there was St. Catherine of Siena, literally, lying under an altar for all to see! A...

Seeing Like A Traffic App

A year ago I started exploring my traffic navigation app, wondering what advice it would give about the various routes I took to work in southern California. I found the device quite enlightening about my 28 mile commute. For example, befor...

The Family Tree, Stripped

A mainland Chinese student visited my office last week, asking for a letter of recommendation for his transfer to another university. It is hard to lose a student like this—enthusiastic and bright, the sort who sits on the front row of a la...

Happy Holidays to Us

Malibu, CA I understand why many wish me a “Happy Holidays” in public settings, and I am glad they wish me well at this time of year. I must confess, though, that the greeting puzzles me, and I am reluctant to offer it even to strangers—I d...

The Market Made Me Do It (Part II)

Malibu, CA Where does Catholic Social Thought come down on this question? Not surprisingly, Catholic thought often emphasizes solutions taken at the level of the economic and political system: government-provided safety nets, support for un...

The Market Made Me Do It (Part I)

Malibu, CA The danger in speaking after thirteen talks on Catholic Thought and Business is that there is nothing left to say. Russ Hittinger started with the observation that his job was to tell you what you already know. I fear my job is t...

Riverboat Pilots and Economists

In “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain recounts his earnest desire to become a Mississippi steamboat pilot, and his struggles to master the pilot’s craft—a craft that demanded technical knowledge of steamboat operation and detailed recall...

Sometimes a Garden is Just a Garden

To the left of our Southern California driveway is a little plot of land, 400-500 square feet. Some homeowners just pave over a space like this, to add another parking spot, or a place for a basketball hoop and room to play. When we moved i...