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 Congress and the Fiscal Cliff

    Is Government the Solution or the Problem?

    Sep 9, 11 • 362 Views • No Comments

    Maybe everyone got something from President Obama’s jobs plan. According to the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, the “right” got tax cuts, the “left” got help for the unemployed and infrastructure spending, and everyone will......  [read more]

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    Environmental Dilemmas

    Sep 8, 11 • 385 Views • 1 Comment

    The environment or employment? Smart meters: Environmentally superior, they automatically transmit data about electricity usage. As a result, we can better manage our demand for energy. The tradeoff? Even including smart meter R & D, IT services,......  [read more]

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    Government Failure or Market Failure?

    Sep 4, 11 • 335 Views • No Comments

    The illness? High unemployment and sluggish growth. The patient? The U.S. economy. And sometimes, according to Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, a stimulus pill just won’t work. In a WSJ opinion piece, Dr. Becker first explains that government misdiagnosed......  [read more]

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    Solar Panel Problems

    Sep 2, 11 • 338 Views • No Comments

    We could call it a double pay-off. Subsidized by stimulus spending, Solyndra could create jobs and develop “green” technology. But it did not work out that way. According to the Washington Post and the NY Times, solar panel maker Solyndra got a......  [read more]

  • How much should cities plan for the storm of the century?

    Stormy Issues

    Sep 1, 11 • 347 Views • No Comments

    For Hurricane Irene relief, the debate is again about the debt. Let’s start with the Congress. Expressed by Texas Representative Ron Paul, government should not play a role because “intrusive” bureaucracy” hinders local people and......  [read more]