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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    Austerity and Harry Truman

    Dec 31, 10 • 287 Views • No Comments

    What are people saying about austerity, the 2010 word of the year? According to Dr. Econ at the San Francisco Federal Reserve, households are demonstrating austerity by saving more and borrowing less. On the one hand, living within our means is good. But on...  [read more]

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    Different Kinds of Capitalism

    Dec 29, 10 • 327 Views • No Comments

    How much does Chinese capitalism resemble U.S. capitalism? In a New Yorker article, journalist John Cassidy suggests that China’s combination of authoritarianism and capitalism is somewhat similar to our own history. Reminding us of our...  [read more]

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    Do You Approve of Profits?

    Dec 18, 10 • 261 Views • No Comments

    Two Questions: 1.How do you feel about profit? In their paper, “Is Profit Evil? Associations of Profit With Social Harm,” 3 University of Pennsylvania researchers discuss two studies that display people’s negative response to profit seeking...  [read more]

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    Big Boxes

    Dec 15, 10 • 295 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 • 312 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]