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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    Money and Happiness

    Apr 26, 11 • 291 Views • No Comments

    It is possible, after all, that money can make us happy. A recent Brookings paper from 3 University of Pennsylvania researchers concluded that people experience greater “subjective well-being” or life satisfaction when they are more affluent....  [read more]

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    “Buy Australian?”

    Apr 25, 11 • 340 Views • No Comments

    In Australia, concerned about the impact of twin disasters in Queensland this summer, Australia is saying, “Buy Australian.”  But they just faced an unexpected problem. The T-shirts they are using to publicize the campaign were made in...  [read more]

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    Income Tax Matters

    Apr 22, 11 • 309 Views • No Comments

    Woodrow Wilson once said that paying taxes was a “glorious privilege.” However, a recent Gallup poll confirmed what we probably already knew. Most of us do not want to pay higher taxes. Upper income households (67% of those polled) say current...  [read more]

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    Federal Spending Questions

    Apr 21, 11 • 287 Views • No Comments

    Hearing the following, one Washington Post reporter said, “Four pinocchios.” In a February survey of 801 “likely” voters, a majority (63%) said that the biggest budget items were defense and foreign aid. Also, they suggested...  [read more]

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    Who Does the Housework?

    Apr 19, 11 • 295 Views • No Comments

    Who makes dinner in your home? Walks the dog? Goes to the supermarket? A study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) compared unpaid work in 29 countries. Predictably, they concluded that women do a lot more than men. But,...  [read more]