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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    Trash and Trade

    Nov 5, 10 • 302 Views • No Comments

    A WSJ article tells us “Memo to All Staff: Dump Your Trash.” But should they?According to the article, Texas state workers, Phoenix city workers, and Dartmouth college professors have all been told to take out the trash. Texas, as a result, is...  [read more]

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    Outsourcing and Immigration

    Nov 4, 10 • 243 Views • No Comments

    A recent economics paper provides a surprising solution to those who believe outsourcing is a problem. The story, as explained by George Mason economist Tyler Cowen, involves the connection between offshore jobs and immigration. Traditionally, economists say...  [read more]

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    The PIIG’s Progress

    Nov 3, 10 • 280 Views • No Comments

    Almost everyone seems to be debating the same issues. Spend less, tax more, or both? Now perhaps Portugal has made some progress. Hoping to bring its budget deficit down to 4.6% of GDP in 2011, their VAT will ascend to 23%. But will they cut public sector pay...  [read more]

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    Chinese Big Macs

    Oct 21, 10 • 289 Views • No Comments

    At 14.5 yuan or $2.18, a Beijing Big Mac is cheap. In the U.S. the price is closer to $3.71. As explained by The Economist, we just need to know about the Big Mac to know what the yuan should really buy. Dividing $3.71 (a US Mac) by 14.5 yuan (Chinese Macs)...  [read more]

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    Nobel Cash

    Oct 15, 10 • 313 Views • No Comments

    If you win a Nobel Prize, you get a cash prize of approximately $1.5 million. The size of that prize relates to how well the foundation that manages Alfred Nobel’s endowment has fared.  According to the Financial Times, during the 1990s the payout...  [read more]