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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    Real Food Commercials

    Oct 10, 11 • 363 Views • No Comments

    The place is a Manhattan film studio. The star could be a donut, ice cream, or a chicken nugget. For a spaghetti sauce shoot, the director says, “Lights. Roll. Action. Drip.” Described in this NY Times article, tabletop directing is a......  [read more]

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    A Happiness Check

    Oct 9, 11 • 387 Views • No Comments

    The jobs, income and wealth scene is a bit bleak. Unemployment has soared, many workers are earning less, the government owes a ton of money, the stock market has been down, up, and down again, housing prices have plummeted and 25% of us have lost more than......  [read more]

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    The Supreme Court and Picasso

    Oct 8, 11 • 366 Views • No Comments

    This Supreme Court case could affect the music you hear at a concert, the book you can access on Google and the Picasso you might see online. The case is all about copyright protection. The question: If a foreign movie, painting, song, or book is already in......  [read more]

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    A First For Denmark

    Oct 4, 11 • 410 Views • No Comments

    Denmark just became the first country in the world to have a fat food tax. That means butter, milk, pizza, any food with more than 2.3% saturated fat content is more expensive. To be precise, for every 2.2 pounds (one kilogram), the tax is $2.90 (16 kroner).......  [read more]

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    Averting Disasters

    Oct 3, 11 • 468 Views • No Comments

    Disaster spending is setting records this year. At 81, the number of tornadoes, earthquakes, snowstorms, hurricanes and wild fires is equal to the total for all of 2010 and more than each of the previous 3 years. Disaster spending almost created a disaster......  [read more]