Disclaimer: This is not an article about basketball. (Photo by Hoops Photos.)

“David,” nobody has been asking, “what is this ‘rebound effect’ I keep hearing about? And does it matter?” Well, nobody, I have heard your questions and I’m here to answer them.

In fact, I’m going to write three posts about this. In the first, I’ll briefly describe what rebound effects are and the controversy over them. In the second, I’ll explore the policy implications (and — spoiler alert — conclude that there aren’t many). And in the third, I’ll explain some of my dissatisfaction with the terms of the debate. It’s going to be totally awesome.