Businesses

Formally called the theory of the firm, the business category focuses on ownership, production and competition. Our goal is to understand business behavior. For ownership, topics include the corporation and sole proprietorships. For production, the focus involves maximizing profits. With competition, topics relate to a continuum that spans the 4 basic market structures: perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly.

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    Where Did Your Tuna Fish Come From?

    Jun 22, 11 • 242 Views • No Comments

    The tuna you had for lunch might have been caught in the Pacific, processed and canned in Thailand, and flown to a Wal-Mart warehouse in the U.S. Concerned about monitoring quality, a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tells us that...  [read more]

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    The Vitamin Police

    Jun 18, 11 • 306 Views • No Comments

    Most of the corn flakes that we eat in the U.S. are illegal in Denmark because they have vitamin supplements. Consequently, the NY Times tells us that large food companies like Kellogg’s and small stores stocking Marmite, have to undergo an expensive...  [read more]

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    Happy 100th Birthday IBM!

    Jun 16, 11 • 456 Views • No Comments

    Imagine the challenge of implementing the first Social Security system in 1937. 27 million employees and their employers had to be taxed. The basic idea was to collect the money and then redistribute it to current retirees. So everyone got an ID number....  [read more]

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    Trading Places

    Jun 14, 11 • 387 Views • No Comments

    A switch has taken place. More than half of our imported goods used to come from the G-6 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K.) Now, we import more from China, Mexico and Brazil. Specifically, in 1987, 55% of U.S. merchandise imports came...  [read more]

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    Higher Gas Prices

    Jun 5, 11 • 439 Views • No Comments

    How have we responded to higher gas prices? According to a recent study, our first response is to buy a lower grade of gasoline. Drivers, used to premium, opted for regular gasoline instead. However, because we have different “budget baskets,” we...  [read more]