Guest Blog

New media and craft beer

imo-blogThe craft brewing revolution predates e-mail, blogs, facebook, twitter, text messaging and all the related new media, but 25 years later the business has been radically transformed by the new media and especially social media.

What a volatile economy means to banks

imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly sees the New Cyclicality hitting banking along with the rest of the business community. What does this mean to banks? Greater loan losses, more balance sheet variability, and some human resource challenges.

How CIOs can earn greater trust from the executive team

imo-blogHow can CIOs become more central to the process of setting strategy and direction for an organization? management consultant and author Tom Cox makes the case that the relationship begins with trust --- trust that must be earned.

Time to enforce bike laws

imo-blogIt's no secret that bad bike behavior has become commonplace in Portland. OSU economist/bike commuter Patrick Emerson makes an economic case for a new regulatory approach to bicycling.

Where will health reform take us?

imo-blogEconomist Mark Thoma, professor of economics at the University of Oregon, muses on the affects of health care changes, including mandated coverage.

The recession was over, last June

imo-blogThat nasty old recession is finally over. Turned out it was over in June 2009. But now we know it officially. Economist Bill Conerly looks at the indicators.

Small towns and attitudes on regulation

imo-blogMark Thoma, a University of Oregon economist, uses his own small-town upbringing to explore why there is a difference in attitudes toward regulation between more conservative rural areas and larger cities that are generally much more liberal.

The economics of nanobrewing

imo-blogThe basic economics are undeniable — bigger is cheaper in brewing. So where does that leave nanobrewing? Basically as a foot in the door, according to Patrick Emerson, author of The Oregon Economics Blog.

Down at the Goondocks with Goonies

The 25th anniversary of "The Goonies" brought a deluge of fans to Astoria last weekend. I trekked along with family to take it all in: the celebration of an adventurous gang of young misfits; the strange assortment of fans who literally come from around the world; and of course, the dual spectacles of Astoria and the cultural tourism business.