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02/09/2016 - Food For Thought: 2/9/2016

Driverless Cars And The Future Of Parking

– Newsweek

Newsweek delivers an expansive story about the evolution of the one of the most mundane, but necessary aspects of American life: the parking lot. The piece looks at how parking may soon be radically changing, and what that future might mean for businesses that, collectively, spend billions of dollars annually building and rehabbing parking lots for their customers.


Companies Where More Women Lead Are More Profitable, a New Report Says
– The Wall Street Journal 

Having female executives is good for a company’s bottom line. That’s the finding of a new report by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.


The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High
– FiveThirtyEight

Ever heard of the term “Rent Seeking?” It’s the practice by which existing businesses make it harder for new businesses to compete with them. FiveThirtyEight looks at evidence that the practice is becoming increasingly common (and more creative) in the U.S. economy; citing everything from the spread of complex licensing and fee requirements  for barbers… to sandwich shops making their hourly employees sign non-compete agreements.


The Thorny Economics of Illegal Immigration
– The Wall Street Journal 

The Wall Street Journal takes an in-depth look at the costs and benefits of punitive immigration policy. Using Arizona as a case study, the piece explores positive aspects – like rising wages and reduced spending on government services – versus the negative impacts – labor shortages and mass migration out of the state.


Red Lobster: Sales spike 33% after Beyoncé endorsement


America’s largest seafood restaurant brand got a major (and unexpected) shout-out from Beyoncé this weekend that’s generated a surge in sales and social media attention. A look at how the company is taking advantage of the positive attention from a business perspective, and having a little fun with it at the same time.