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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    A Fair Shot?

    Jan 28, 12 • 269 Views • No Comments

    In its breakdown of this week’s State of the Union, the Washington Post looked at time, topics and the Congress. Time: The President devoted almost half of his speech to the economy, and more than half if you include the deficit. The Congress:...  [read more]

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    Tuition Intuition

    Jan 22, 12 • 245 Views • No Comments

    With tuition and student loans skyrocketing, the Obama Administration has urged colleges to charge less and Congress to lower the cap on monthly payments. Maybe though, they are targeting the wrong solution. One Bloomberg View columnist suggests that...  [read more]

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    There’s No Such Thing as Free Music…

    Jan 17, 12 • 304 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. You are a young musician on the brink of your professional career. Graduation is in May, orchestra auditions are around the corner, and where do you go to begin preparing? The IMSLP, of course. The what? The “International...  [read more]

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    Bag Wars

    Jan 14, 12 • 406 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting plastic bag use. Fewer plastic bags will mean cleaner local...  [read more]

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    Sweatshop Dilemmas

    Jan 12, 12 • 582 Views • No Comments

    Is it okay to have sweatshops in developing nations? NY Times writer Nicholas Kristof, and Nobel prize winning economists Paul Krugman and Milton Friedman have all said, “Yes.” Kristof points out that the parents of children scavenging in a...  [read more]