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.

  • The Price of a Life

    Jun 29, 12 • 403 Views • No Comments

    I get concerned when people say we may need to start rationing health care. Like most goods and services, because there is a limited supply of health care, we have always rationed it. In some way, we had to decide who would get more and who would get less.......  [read more]

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    Understanding Germany

    Jun 28, 12 • 356 Views • No Comments

    Are Germans thinking, “We did it and now it’s your turn?” Ten years ago, Germany’s unemployment rate averaged more than 9% and economic growth was close to zero. Jobless workers, depending on their family status, were receiving 60-67%......  [read more]

  • Unless We Look More Closely at Women in the Global Labor Force, We See Only the Tip of the Iceberg.

    What Do Kids Cost Us?

    Jun 24, 12 • 392 Views • No Comments

    Telling us that, “Women Still Can’t Have it All,” Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why she left her position as policy planning director for the State Department. In addition to her 24/7 job in Washington DC, she was a......  [read more]

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    More Than a Mandate

    Jun 22, 12 • 357 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday, the odds on intrade were 76% that the Supreme Court will declare the health care insurance mandate unconstitutional. This started me thinking about Social Security during 1935. Several states had old age insurance and the federal government was......  [read more]

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    Should We Buy Local?

    Jun 21, 12 • 446 Views • No Comments

    I just finished an omelette with eggs and spinach from a nearby farm. It tasted good, I supported local business and I helped the environment. You could say that I had my cake (but it was spinach) and ate it too. But, here is the surprise. If you care about......  [read more]