Government

Governments’ spending, taxing and borrowing, fiscal policy has a direct impact on economic activity and growth. Looking at the past and present, econlife focuses on the role of government through fiscal policy.

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    Breaking An Environmental Law

    Jan 21, 12 • 522 Views • No Comments

    Asked by the Pew Center for the People and the Press to rank 21 issues in terms of their significance, global warming was #21. Similarly pessimistic about climate change initiatives, one researcher asked, “How can one seriously suggest that the village......  [read more]

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    Identity Checks

    Jan 19, 12 • 464 Views • No Comments

    Opening a savings account? You need to confirm your identity. Enrolling for Social Security or Medicare? They check your credentials. But what if you cannot prove who you are? Signing up for India’s Unique Identity (UID) program has enabled many......  [read more]

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    Schools, Budget Cuts, and Music

    Jan 18, 12 • 489 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. The story is familiar. With a tight economy and insufficient funds, public schools have to cut back. Music, physical education, and language classes are the first to go. And along with the classes go the teachers; since 2008,......  [read more]

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    Bag Wars

    Jan 14, 12 • 538 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes incentives are unpredictable…especially for B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bag). A new 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags in Montgomery County, Maryland is primarily targeting plastic bag use. Fewer plastic bags will mean cleaner local......  [read more]

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    Unemployment Benefits and Costs

    Jan 13, 12 • 371 Views • No Comments

    99, 26 or somewhere in between? At the end of February, Congress again will have to decide about the length of unemployment insurance (UI) Described by the state of California to its residents, 99 remains the maximum number of weeks for receiving UI. Had......  [read more]