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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    Debt Ceiling 101

    Jul 15, 11 • 417 Views • No Comments

    During the month of August, if the U.S. hits its debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion and the Congress says, “No, you cannot borrow anymore,” then what will happen? During August, the U.S. will have $172B (billion) in federal revenues and $307B in......  [read more]

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    Which College Majors Earn More?

    Jul 14, 11 • 273 Views • No Comments

    Although the unemployment rate is 9.2% for the entire labor force, it is 4.4% for college grads (and 10% for high school graduates, no college). But which college graduates earn more? It depends on your undergraduate major. Counseling psychology or petroleum......  [read more]

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    Unaffordable Sports Stadiums

    Jul 13, 11 • 441 Views • No Comments

    The year is 1996. The place is Hamilton County, Ohio. You are standing in a voting booth deciding whether to approve a .5% sales tax increase to help build and maintain 2 new sports stadiums. Although the spending will exceed $500 million, you have been......  [read more]

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    Productivity: Working Weekends

    Jul 12, 11 • 318 Views • No Comments

    Israel has to decide when to have a weekend. The Israeli Sabbath, Friday sunset through Saturday sunset will be a part of it. The second day? Sunday and Friday are possibilities. Knowing that productivity is a major consideration, Israel’s prime......  [read more]

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    Raising (or Ignoring) the Debt Ceiling

    Jul 11, 11 • 356 Views • No Comments

    Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles summarizes all we need to know about the politics of debt ceiling negotiations in these 33 political drawings. The first one starts with a Democrat/Republican card game in which each raises the ante. Others refer to the......  [read more]