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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    Does Luck Matter?

    Oct 31, 11 • 431 Views • No Comments

    In Las Vegas, the 2010 World Series of Poker was composed of 32,000 players and 57 separate tournaments. For the final event, $9 million was at stake. Freakonomics economist Steve Levitt and U. of Chicago law professor Thomas Miles studied the poker world......  [read more]

  • Inequality Questions

    Oct 30, 11 • 577 Views • No Comments

    Astoundingly, the country in which we are born determines 60% of our income. And then, the next 20% relates to our parents’ affluence. Here are some answers to other interesting questions we never knew we wanted to ask. All are from The Haves and the......  [read more]

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    Chinese Imports

    Oct 23, 11 • 532 Views • No Comments

    Are you paying more for your clothing? According to NY Times financial journalist Floyd Norris, women’s shirt prices, dresses, sweaters, all that government statisticians consider female “outerwear,” have started to become more expensive.......  [read more]

  • Another Greek Haircut

    Oct 23, 11 • 401 Views • No Comments

    2 day strike Euro progress Planet Money......  [read more]

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    Will We Have Enough Food in 2050?

    Oct 15, 11 • 534 Views • No Comments

    The world is getting richer. And richer people eat more meat. And the animals they eat consume more food. Also, everyday, the world has more people. The bottom line? According to a study from Nature, we have to double the world’s food supply by 2050.......  [read more]