Households

In a circular flow model, households are the source of consumption expenditures and land, labor and capital for businesses. Econlife looks at all of the activities of households that include spending, taxes, education, health care and income.

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    Austerity and Harry Truman

    Dec 31, 10 • 294 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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    The Cost of a Family

    Dec 23, 10 • 237 Views • No Comments

    The cost of having a family has gone up and it has gone down. In its annual report on the average cost of raising a child in a middle income family, the Department of Agriculture said from 2008 to 2009, the amount has risen by 1%. A child born during 2009 is...  [read more]

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    A Price Story

    Dec 22, 10 • 306 Views • No Comments

    Do you think that the BPP is more accurate than the CPI? Based at MIT, The Billion Prices Project (BPP) monitors close to 5 million items sold by approximately 300 retailers in 70 countries. Using the BPP, we can choose a country and then see, on a daily...  [read more]

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    Education Matters

    Dec 21, 10 • 319 Views • No Comments

    The NY Times tells us that students who graduate from “elite” colleges could be more likely than those at less elite schools to earn more and attend a prestigious graduate school. As a result, although the initial cost may be high, the benefit,...  [read more]

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    Unintended Green Incentives

    Dec 19, 10 • 241 Views • No Comments

    True or False? When we become more energy efficient, we use up fewer resources. This New Yorker Magazine article says maybe. Citing the “rebound effect,” the article briefly takes us back to Williams Jevons, England, and 1865. In a book called The...  [read more]