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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    Big Boxes

    Dec 15, 10 • 277 Views • No Comments

    What we ship things in makes a difference. Take the banana, for example. In 1876, at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the banana was a delicacy (and very black). Millions of bunches could only be sent to U.S. shores if they were refrigerated. By 1901,...  [read more]

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    Supership Problems

    Dec 14, 10 • 297 Views • No Comments

    When is a supership a problem? When the water is not deep enough or the Bayonne Bridge is not high enough. To understand the Bayonne Bridge problem (and care about the answer), we have to look back to August 1914 and then ahead to August 2014. The Panama...  [read more]

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    Giving and Getting Gifts

    Nov 29, 10 • 289 Views • No Comments

    With the holiday season beginning, we should consider the economics of gift giving. Let’s start with University of Pennsylvania Professor Joel Waldfogel who focused on receiving gifts. Then, through Duke’s Dan Ariely, we can look at how to give...  [read more]

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    Creatively Destroying Pontiac

    Nov 7, 10 • 276 Views • No Comments

    At some point, sooner or later, people get tired of black. During the 1920s, Henry Ford realized that the Model T, so very practical and affordable because it only came in black, needed some vitality. What forced him to recognize that the Model T was becoming...  [read more]

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    Trash and Trade

    Nov 5, 10 • 258 Views • No Comments

    A WSJ article tells us “Memo to All Staff: Dump Your Trash.” But should they?According to the article, Texas state workers, Phoenix city workers, and Dartmouth college professors have all been told to take out the trash. Texas, as a result, is...  [read more]