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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    Bailout Fatigue

    May 17, 11 • 306 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday, in a 94-0 vote, the U.S. Senate said it had bailout fatigue. No, they were not referring to Fannie Mae or General Motors. They meant Greece. This is the connection: By selling government securities, Greece had borrowed money to fund massive...  [read more]

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    A Medicare Check-up

    May 14, 11 • 344 Views • No Comments

    We could say that Medicare is currently a bit ill and the prognosis is not good. Last year it received some “medicine” through the Affordable Health Care Act but its caretakers, the Medicare trustees, question whether the treatment will work....  [read more]

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    Euro Problems

    May 10, 11 • 329 Views • No Comments

    This country had a national railroad that received $100 million euros a year in revenue but had expenses of $700 million. All public jobs paid an average of 3 times what the private sector paid. Beauticians, musicians and radio announcers were retiring with...  [read more]

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    Europe Day

    May 9, 11 • 375 Views • No Comments

    Can you imagine if every time someone from Brooklyn went to Manhattan, she had to use a different currency?   In an excellent NY Times Magazine article, economist Paul Krugman explains the euro zone. He tells how it began, describes the...  [read more]

  • For most economists, historians, social scientists, it is tough to avoid research bias

    Fictitious Billionaires

    May 8, 11 • 382 Views • No Comments

    Having amassed her fortune as CEO of an electronics empire and through her inheritance, The Office’s Jolene “Jo” Bennett is ranked #11 on this year’s Forbes Fictional 15. You might enjoy this (fictitious) Forbes interview of Ms....  [read more]