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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    Interesting Debt Facts

    Jul 26, 11 • 182 Views • No Comments

    1. China and the Social Security Trust Funds have more in common than you would expect. The public has purchased $9 trillion of U.S. debt. China holds $1.1 trillion of the publicly held total. The U.S. government bought $4.6 trillion of its own debt. The...  [read more]

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    Debt Compromises

    Jul 23, 11 • 247 Views • No Comments

    This story is about a country that had massive debt. A recent war had been expensive and the economy had big problems. Still though, powerful political leaders opposed the solution that the Secretary of the Treasury proposed. Yes, the country is the United...  [read more]

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    Vaccine Dilemmas

    Jul 22, 11 • 237 Views • No Comments

    Let’s try to make one federal budget decision. Who should receive the meningococcal vaccine? Debating the issue, we should be sure to remember pharmaceutical companies, the vaccine’s recipients, the cost of each shot, who gets the disease, the...  [read more]

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    Mixed Euro Zone Metaphors

    Jul 19, 11 • 242 Views • No Comments

    In this Economist podcast, journalists describe the euro zone debt crisis with a wonderful array of metaphors. (Directly and indirectly, I quote what they said.) Minnows: The smaller peripheral nations in the euro zone, Greece, Ireland and Portugal are...  [read more]

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    Finding Food Deserts

    Jul 18, 11 • 246 Views • No Comments

    Having just learned that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a food desert website, I am not sure how we should respond. The USDA tells us that in a food desert most low-income households have limited access to a supermarket or grocery store. In the...  [read more]