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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    Doomster or Boomster?

    Jan 6, 11 • 1568 Views • No Comments

    Agree or disagree? “Both the jayhawk and the man eat chickens, but the more jayhawks, the fewer chickens, while the more men, the more chickens.” The quote is from 19th century economist Henry George but it relates to a report from the FAO (Food...  [read more]

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    Passing the Euro Test

    Jan 2, 11 • 318 Views • No Comments

    Having just entered the euro zone, the Estonian kroon will be replaced by 194 million euro coins and 45 million bank notes. The process will take 2 weeks as the new currency replaces the old. Here are some pictures of Estonian euro coins and a picture and...  [read more]

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    Austerity and Harry Truman

    Dec 31, 10 • 369 Views • No Comments

    What are people saying about austerity, the 2010 word of the year? According to Dr. Econ at the San Francisco Federal Reserve, households are demonstrating austerity by saving more and borrowing less. On the one hand, living within our means is good. But on...  [read more]

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    Different Kinds of Capitalism

    Dec 29, 10 • 412 Views • No Comments

    How much does Chinese capitalism resemble U.S. capitalism? In a New Yorker article, journalist John Cassidy suggests that China’s combination of authoritarianism and capitalism is somewhat similar to our own history. Reminding us of our...  [read more]

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    Made in China?

    Dec 26, 10 • 584 Views • No Comments

    True or false? Is Apple’s iPhone made in China? The answer is true and false. True. According to U.S. trade statistics, the iPhone is made in China. Consequently, the iPhone is recorded as a minus for us and a plus for China. It added to our trade...  [read more]