Andrew Yuengert

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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.

Recent Essays

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Please Block the Way: Campaigning Against Courtesy

Japanese rail commuters ride train station escalators the way you might expect: those who are in no hurry stand to the right, leaving a...

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...

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...

Community among Academics: An Economist’s Retrospective

Two weeks ago I spoke to an orientation program for new faculty at Pepperdine. I shared with them what I had been told at...

What Health Insurance Does to Prices

Last summer, my youngest son was on a church trip on the other side of the country, when he hurt his hand. A deep...