Innovation

Innovation is a source of economic growth. Including the impact of new technology and the incentives that stimulate creativity, innovation is important for a market system. Depending on current events, econlife considers the impact and source of past and present innovation that includes the industrial revolution, the transportation revolution, the information revolution and people like Steve Jobs and Andrew Carnegie who made it possible.

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    Health and GDP

    Apr 28, 11 • 293 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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    Money and Happiness

    Apr 26, 11 • 267 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]

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    Aspirational Pecans

    Apr 20, 11 • 327 Views • No Comments

    Our story starts with the walnut. Loved in China, and always cheaper than pecans, during 2007, suddenly, the walnut became relatively expensive. Following the law of demand, Chinese consumers bought fewer walnuts and more pecans. And that was when they...  [read more]

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    Geography Matters

    Apr 15, 11 • 249 Views • No Comments

    According to Harvard economist Ed Glaeser, big US cities deserve our attention. Rather like a ripple, first, as ports, they attracted commerce. Commerce led to more affluence. The affluence brought more people. The people wanted better education. Better...  [read more]

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    Your Budget Proposal

    Apr 12, 11 • 213 Views • No Comments

    Several months ago, the NY Times published an interactive budget exercise. The goal was for each of us to decide how we would deal with a skyrocketing deficit. Now, with President Obama scheduled to present a major speech on his budget proposals, you might...  [read more]