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.

  • Another Greek Haircut

    Oct 23, 11 • 235 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 • 317 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]

  • The Panama Canal Project Facilitates World Trade.

    The Fabric of Free Trade

    Oct 14, 11 • 274 Views • No Comments

    The roof of the big-box store near your home could contain fabric that was made in Greensboro, N.C. Transported in rolls that are 12 feet wide and 5,000 yards long, this material is also made in South Korea. Until now, U.S. textile firms could compete against...  [read more]

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    Real Food Commercials

    Oct 10, 11 • 223 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 • 239 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]