Regulation

In a market economy, regulation can help or hinder economic activity. Looking at topics that include the environment, financial instruments and anti-trust and past and present Supreme Court cases, econlife considers regulation when it investigates the US market economy.

  • The Sugary Beverage Debate

    Coke and Pepsi

    Jul 3, 11 • 1377 Views • No Comments

    Pepsi has discovered that “fun for you” (chips and soda) increases revenue more than “good for you” (oatmeal, fruit juice, Gatorade). According to the WSJ, with Pepsi losing market share to Coke, they will focus more advertising...  [read more]

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    Driving Costs

    Jun 28, 11 • 400 Views • No Comments

    Describing traffic policy in several European cities, the NY Times tells of poorly synchronized green lights, congestion pricing, auto-free zones. When drivers are inconvenienced, there are fewer cars, fewer emissions, happier pedestrians and bikers. One...  [read more]

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    Israeli Cottage Cheese Boycott

    Jun 21, 11 • 375 Views • No Comments

    News articles say that the Israelis are “cheesed off” and “curdled.” Angered by the soaring price of cottage cheese, a Facebook consumer group of 70,000 friends has agreed to stop buying it on July 1. The headline on the boycott page...  [read more]

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    The Vitamin Police

    Jun 18, 11 • 306 Views • No Comments

    Most of the corn flakes that we eat in the U.S. are illegal in Denmark because they have vitamin supplements. Consequently, the NY Times tells us that large food companies like Kellogg’s and small stores stocking Marmite, have to undergo an expensive...  [read more]

  • Ethanol’s Unintended Consequences

    Jun 17, 11 • 339 Views • No Comments

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304432304576369933829499132.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_opinion...  [read more]