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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    “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

    Jun 12, 12 • 395 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 • 377 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 • 421 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]

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    Super Sized Sodas

    Jun 3, 12 • 379 Views • No Comments

    Given a huge tub of stale popcorn, people eat it. In a 2005 study, when 158 Philadelphia moviegoers received either 14-day old or freshly popped popcorn in a huge tub or a medium size container, those with the big bucket ate more. A lot more… 33% extra......  [read more]

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    The European Union “Family”

    Jun 2, 12 • 338 Views • No Comments

    The results of a European Pew Research opinion survey among 8 nations reminded me of a dysfunctional family. As you look at the tables below from the Pew Report, you might think of Germany as the successful sibling, Greece as the “black sheep,”......  [read more]