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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    Sales Tax Decisions

    May 2, 11 • 416 Views • No Comments

    A buttered bagel is a sandwich but not an unsliced bagel–unless you eat it in the store. Subject to the New York State sandwich tax, so too are burritos, wraps, BLTs and buttered rolls.  Plan to buy fudge? You will pay a sales tax in New York.......  [read more]

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    Medicare Math

    May 1, 11 • 451 Views • No Comments

    The ratio is 3 to 1. The “3” is how much Medicare recipients are receiving. The “1” is what they paid. Still though, you can see from this NPR report why most people call Medicare an entitlement. According to a study from the Urban......  [read more]

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    Health and GDP

    Apr 28, 11 • 441 Views • No Comments

    We are taller, healthier, heavier, and living longer. In 1790, a typical Frenchman weighed 110 pounds. Now, the scale says 170. That 60-pound difference relates to a lot more than food. According to a new book from Nobel prize winning economist Robert Fogel......  [read more]

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    A Tank of Gas

    Apr 27, 11 • 579 Views • No Comments

    A tank of gas is not just a tank of gas. Isn’t it a spending decision? The national average for a gallon of regular is close to $3.88 and higher in California. July 2008 was the last time we dealt with 4 dollar gas. One economist estimated that 4 dollar......  [read more]

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    Money and Happiness

    Apr 26, 11 • 384 Views • No Comments

    It is possible, after all, that money can make us happy. A recent Brookings paper from 3 University of Pennsylvania researchers concluded that people experience greater “subjective well-being” or life satisfaction when they are more affluent.......  [read more]