Economic Debates

Most economic decisions can be debated. We have to decide whether we want higher or lower taxes, where to cut government spending, whether the deficit matters, if a business should have more regulation, if marginal analysis should affect environmental regulation. Learning about economics involves defending policy alternatives.

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    High and Low Energy Markets

    Feb 6, 12 • 422 Views • No Comments

    Let’s rewind to 2008 for a moment. At $13 per thousand cubic feet, the price of natural gas was soaring. Close to $91 a barrel, the price of oil was exceeding recent highs. Selling for more than $200 per kilogram, even the price of the silicon used to......  [read more]

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    A Fair Shot?

    Jan 28, 12 • 407 Views • No Comments

    In its breakdown of this week’s State of the Union, the Washington Post looked at time, topics and the Congress. Time: The President devoted almost half of his speech to the economy, and more than half if you include the deficit. The Congress:......  [read more]

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    Tuition Intuition

    Jan 22, 12 • 449 Views • No Comments

    With tuition and student loans skyrocketing, the Obama Administration has urged colleges to charge less and Congress to lower the cap on monthly payments. Maybe though, they are targeting the wrong solution. One Bloomberg View columnist suggests that......  [read more]

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    There’s No Such Thing as Free Music…

    Jan 17, 12 • 474 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. You are a young musician on the brink of your professional career. Graduation is in May, orchestra auditions are around the corner, and where do you go to begin preparing? The IMSLP, of course. The what? The “International......  [read more]

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    Bag Wars

    Jan 14, 12 • 595 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting plastic bag use. Fewer plastic bags will mean cleaner local......  [read more]