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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    Solar Panel Problems

    Sep 2, 11 • 243 Views • No Comments

    We could call it a double pay-off. Subsidized by stimulus spending, Solyndra could create jobs and develop “green” technology. But it did not work out that way. According to the Washington Post and the NY Times, solar panel maker Solyndra got a...  [read more]

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    Stormy Issues

    Sep 1, 11 • 262 Views • No Comments

    For Hurricane Irene relief, the debate is again about the debt. Let’s start with the Congress. Expressed by Texas Representative Ron Paul, government should not play a role because “intrusive” bureaucracy” hinders local people and...  [read more]

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    Manufacturing Jobs

    Aug 28, 11 • 236 Views • No Comments

    Our story begins with M.I.T.’s lithium-ion battery research and then takes us to South Korea and China where the batteries are made. Next, in a surprising move, some of the manufacturing returns to the U.S. With $375 million in federal stimulus money...  [read more]

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    Speedy Airplane Boarding

    Aug 23, 11 • 309 Views • 1 Comment

    Closely connected to an airline’s bottom line, speedy boarding means more efficiency. Here you can see the following alternative boarding strategies in action. Front to back: Least popular. Early boarders block those who follow them. Back to Front Very...  [read more]

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    Sole Rights?

    Aug 12, 11 • 316 Views • 2 Comments

    Suddenly, a red sole has become much more than the bottom of a shoe. The trademark of designer Christian Louboutin, his red soles are supposed to represent glamour, luxury and hidden status. Or, as stated by Mr. Louboutin, “A shoe has so much more to...  [read more]