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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    Do You Care If You’ve Got Mail?

    Dec 5, 11 • 439 Views • No Comments

    In Canada, when postal workers went on strike because of wage cut proposals, many people were saying, “Who Cares?” In the U.S., Hallmark and Amazon have said that they do care about the future of the Postal Service. If asked, approximately 650,000......  [read more]

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    Why Can’t the U.S. Postal Service Think Outside the Box?

    Dec 5, 11 • 449 Views • No Comments

    Do you wear a Yankee hat or a college sweatshirt? Our society approves of adopting a superior team or attending an elite college. According to NY Times journalist David Brooks, for sports and schools, we can aspire to the top. In addition, inequality is okay......  [read more]

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    Jell-O, Gillette, and the Kindle Fire

    Dec 4, 11 • 412 Views • No Comments

    At first no one wanted to buy Jell-O. The year was 1902, the product was jiggly, and people had no idea how to serve it. Then, its producers went door-to-door with free cookbooks. And the rest of the story is history. By contrast, from the start, King......  [read more]

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    The First Credit Default Swap

    Nov 28, 11 • 768 Views • No Comments

    Some of the euro zone’s problems actually started with the Exxon Valdez oil spill. After the 1989 Exxon Valdez calamity, when an Alaska jury said that Exxon owed $5 billion in damages, they asked J.P. Morgan for a $4.8 billion line of credit. Concerned......  [read more]

  • Dynamic Pricing for Tickets Displays the Power of Prices

    Broadway and Airlines

    Nov 26, 11 • 607 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever hesitated to book an airline reservation and, within moments, the price changed? Or, could you have known that delaying your purchase of a ticket to God of Carnage in LA last summer would have saved you almost $70? The reason is “dynamic......  [read more]