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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    “The Broccoli Question”

    Jun 15, 12 • 329 Views • No Comments

    In 1990 President George H.W. Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One. ”I do not like broccoli, and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to......  [read more]

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    Lowering the Cost of Commuting

    Jun 14, 12 • 399 Views • No Comments

    Which alternative would you select to lessen rush hour traffic on NYC’s 5th Avenue? Charging $10 for each block Having the chance to win a $10,000 lottery prize if you take the bus A Stanford professor is encouraging cities like Singapore to use the......  [read more]

  • 19th Century Urban Transport Was An Environmental Problem

    “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

    Jun 12, 12 • 391 Views • No Comments

    Hearing Kermit the Frog say, “It’s not easy being green,” Mexican environmentalists might agree. Since March 2009, Mexican households have been offered cash payments or subsidized loans for replacing refrigerators and air-conditioners that......  [read more]

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    Global Migration

    Jun 9, 12 • 373 Views • No Comments

    The most common state-to-state moves in the US are from California to Texas with New York to Florida next. Between 2008 and 2009 almost 7 million people moved from state to state. The most common reason? Employment. What if labor could not move easily? A......  [read more]

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    Economic Disagreement

    Jun 6, 12 • 417 Views • No Comments

    Astronomy might help us understand US history according to biographer Walter Isaacson. We just need to think about binary systems in which 2 separately orbiting stars “are linked because of their gravitational interaction.” The tension between......  [read more]