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.

  • Everyday economics and U.S. GDP

    Job Creators or Robber Barons?

    Oct 3, 12 • 535 Views • 2 Comments

    I have confessed before that I admire the entrepreneurs who have been called the robber barons. Carnegie and steel, Rockefeller and oil, J.J. Hill and railroads, Morgan and money. These men and others from their 19th century world competed lethally. On the......  [read more]

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    Trees and Money

    Oct 2, 12 • 327 Views • No Comments

    In one NPR report on trees and income inequality, a senior online NOVA editor showed his sky shots (below) of Piedmont CA and nearby West Oakland. Piedmont, which he described as a “wealthy enclave” was quite green while West Oakland “known......  [read more]

  • Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan Issues

    Election Economics: What To Know For The First Presidential Debate

    Oct 1, 12 • 438 Views • No Comments

    Presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer said there would be six 15-minute segments in the first presidential debate on October 3rd. Devoting the entire first half to “the economy,” he will also cover healthcare, the role of government, and......  [read more]

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    Gas Tax or CAFE?

    Sep 22, 12 • 482 Views • 1 Comment

    The goal is energy conservation. But what is the best way? During the end of August, our newest fuel economy standards were announced. Now CAFE, our Corporate Average Fuel Economy mandate, is close to 29 miles per gallon. The goal is 35.5 for 2016 and 54.5......  [read more]

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    More Greek-German Humor

    Sep 21, 12 • 388 Views • No Comments

    This Monty Python Greek-German soccer match is wonderful. Thinking of the euro zone, perhaps it also says something about each country’s personality. Sources and Resources: The Monty Python video was from YouTube, here......  [read more]