International Trade and Finance

First explained by David Ricardo through comparative advantage, international trade and finance expands worldwide efficiency and productivity. Econlife looks at international trade to see its impact through goods and services, trade balances, trade barriers like tariffs and quotas and subsidies.

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    California and Kentucky

    Nov 20, 11 • 587 Views • No Comments

    Could we compare California’s relationship with Kentucky to Germany and Greece? Somewhat like Germany and Greece… California and Kentucky share the same currency. California has a more vibrant economy than Kentucky’s. Workers in California......  [read more]

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    European Ties

    Nov 14, 11 • 726 Views • No Comments

    How to picture the US/European economic partnership? You could think of Skippy Peanut Butter. Owned by Unilever, a multinational based in the UK and the Netherlands, Skippy’s peanuts are grown primarily in Georgia and Texas, shelled and sorted here, and......  [read more]

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    Surprising Biofuels

    Nov 10, 11 • 594 Views • No Comments

    McDonald’s used fryer grease? Alaska Air might want it. On 75 commercial flights, they will partially fill their tanks with biofuels that contain used cooking oil. Selecting algae for its biofuel blend, United flew from Houston to Chicago on its......  [read more]

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    The Future of Oil

    Nov 8, 11 • 611 Views • No Comments

    When will we run out of oil? A room full of pistachios might have the answer. In the first several pages of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, a teacher says you have been given a room filled 5 feet high with pistachio nuts. The nuts are free, you are......  [read more]

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    Leaving the Euro

    Nov 5, 11 • 653 Views • No Comments

    Would you like to win 250,000 British pounds? Predicting that a nation’s euro zone exit would be catastrophic unless properly managed, a UK businessman has sponsored a contest. To win the prize money, you just need to submit the best departure plan. The......  [read more]