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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    Averting Disasters

    Oct 3, 11 • 337 Views • No Comments

    Disaster spending is setting records this year. At 81, the number of tornadoes, earthquakes, snowstorms, hurricanes and wild fires is equal to the total for all of 2010 and more than each of the previous 3 years. Disaster spending almost created a disaster...  [read more]

  • U.S. Jobs and China

    Sep 30, 11 • 248 Views • No Comments

    http://irps.ucsd.edu/assets/001/501361.pdf “The China Syndrome” The Economic Lesson  ...  [read more]

  • U.S. Jobs and China

    Sep 30, 11 • 227 Views • No Comments

    Trading with China can be very confusing. As Chinese imports proliferated from 1990-2007, factory employment in the communities surrounding Raleigh N.C. plummeted.  According to the WSJ, the 40% dip in factory jobs led to a government spending increase...  [read more]

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    Who Are We?

    Sep 29, 11 • 276 Views • No Comments

    Environmental concerns? You might want to look at what the The American Community Survey for 2010 says about who drives alone to work (105 million) and how many of us take public transportation (7 million). If education is your focus, one table in the Survey...  [read more]

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    An Aviator Stuntman and the Stimulus

    Sep 28, 11 • 295 Views • No Comments

    You’ve probably never heard of Lincoln Beachey. An aviation pioneer, Beachey flew at the beginning of the 20th century. During one of his first air exhibitions, Beachey did something totally terrifying when his plane stalled. The opposite of what anyone...  [read more]