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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    Trade Deals

    May 21, 11 • 300 Views • No Comments

    What if Mr. Jones, an assembly line worker, lost his job because of low cost imports? And, what if Mrs. Smith, a travel agent, also is unemployed but the reason is online firms like Expedia?  Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt asks us why Congress is...  [read more]

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    Econ Fun

    May 19, 11 • 342 Views • No Comments

    The second Keynes/Hayek rap video, “The Fight of the Century” just arrived. Like the first one, it focuses on the never ending debate between economists who want more government and those who believe in less. In this Econtalk discussion, the...  [read more]

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    An Optional Income Tax

    May 18, 11 • 402 Views • No Comments

    What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to think creatively because our current system is...  [read more]

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    Bailout Fatigue

    May 17, 11 • 288 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday, in a 94-0 vote, the U.S. Senate said it had bailout fatigue. No, they were not referring to Fannie Mae or General Motors. They meant Greece. This is the connection: By selling government securities, Greece had borrowed money to fund massive...  [read more]

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    A Medicare Check-up

    May 14, 11 • 330 Views • No Comments

    We could say that Medicare is currently a bit ill and the prognosis is not good. Last year it received some “medicine” through the Affordable Health Care Act but its caretakers, the Medicare trustees, question whether the treatment will work....  [read more]