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.

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    Too Big To Fail

    May 25, 11 • 266 Views • No Comments

    The HBO documentary, “Too Big To Fail” was excellent. But what to come away with? TBTF (Too Big To Fail) solves problems and it creates them. TBTF can reverse a confidence crisis. When the world is worried that the failure of a large bank will...  [read more]

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    The Real Cost of a Car

    May 23, 11 • 245 Views • No Comments

    To see how much a car costs, just add up the purchase price, insurance, gas and a yearly service. Yes? According to one group of researchers, a car that is driven 100,000 miles costs $19,000 more than you might think. The $19,000 relates to external costs....  [read more]

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    Will Power and Wealth

    May 22, 11 • 303 Views • No Comments

    Observing young children, scientists believe they can predict certain adult outcomes. One classic study from the 1960s involved delayed gratification.  A child and a single marshmallow were left in a room. The child could have one marshmallow now or two...  [read more]

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    34 Million Different Pizzas

    May 5, 11 • 346 Views • No Comments

    Expressing concern about a proposed FDA calorie-posting rule, Domino’s says it would have to list 34 million different kinds of pizzas. Really. This Bloomberg video explains their position. Using Domino’s “Cal-O-Meter” as a source,...  [read more]

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    Sales Tax Decisions

    May 2, 11 • 294 Views • No Comments

    A buttered bagel is a sandwich but not an unsliced bagel–unless you eat it in the store. Subject to the New York State sandwich tax, so too are burritos, wraps, BLTs and buttered rolls.  Plan to buy fudge? You will pay a sales tax in New York....  [read more]