Economic Thinkers

Starting with Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations, continuing to Malthus, Ricardo, Keynes, Hayek, Friedman, Sen and others, the timeless ideas of economic thinkers provide understanding of the contemporary economy.

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    Aspirin for the Euro Zone?

    May 8, 12 • 332 Views • No Comments

    Tomorrow is Euro Day and it reminds me of aspirin. On May 9, 62 years ago, the French foreign minister proposed a limited economic partnership with West Germany. By the time the treaty was signed in 1951, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Italy had...  [read more]

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    What Should Not Be Sold?

    Apr 28, 12 • 373 Views • No Comments

    Assume you just learned that your mother paid someone to write the (warm and loving) toast she expressed at your wedding. Is that okay? During Bloomberg radio’s On the Economy, referring to a purchased wedding toast, Harvard professor Michael Sandel...  [read more]

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    Coin Matters

    Apr 27, 12 • 462 Views • No Comments

    Hearing that Zimbabweans had a limited supply of coins, I recalled one person’s response to Starbucks’ price hike to $2.01 for a tall coffee in NYC: “I can’t believe it. Now I need to walk around with pennies?” I guess we take change for...  [read more]

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    (Bad) Decisions

    Apr 24, 12 • 431 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Why might have most notorious fraudsters committed their crimes? The traditional answer seems obvious: severe character flaws, lack of ethics, unbridled greed. But there may be more to the picture than simply this “bad...  [read more]

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    Free or Fair Government?

    Apr 16, 12 • 301 Views • No Comments

    I live in a town where I have to pay for garbage pick-up and recycling or I can dispose of it myself. The fire department is voluntary. Because there is no local high school, the town pays other school districts to educate our teenagers. In our town,...  [read more]