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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    Do You Believe in “Pink Quotas?”

    Jun 7, 12 • 594 Views • No Comments

    Italy has just declared its “pink quota.” A new law mandates that by 2015, women should be one-third of all board members for listed and Italian state-owned firms. Currently, the total is somewhere between 3.7 and 6%. (Checking 2 sources, I found......  [read more]

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    Economic Disagreement

    Jun 6, 12 • 483 Views • No Comments

    Astronomy might help us understand US history according to biographer Walter Isaacson. We just need to think about binary systems in which 2 separately orbiting stars “are linked because of their gravitational interaction.” The tension between......  [read more]

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    Why Does New Jersey Give More Than It Gets?

    Jun 4, 12 • 384 Views • No Comments

    I never knew that my home state, New Jersey, might be at the top of the list that gives and at the bottom of the list that gets federal dollars. Receiving 55 cents for every dollar we paid in taxes, for FY (fiscal year) 2004, New Jersey’s getting to......  [read more]

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    Super Sized Sodas

    Jun 3, 12 • 436 Views • No Comments

    Given a huge tub of stale popcorn, people eat it. In a 2005 study, when 158 Philadelphia moviegoers received either 14-day old or freshly popped popcorn in a huge tub or a medium size container, those with the big bucket ate more. A lot more… 33% extra......  [read more]

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    The European Union “Family”

    Jun 2, 12 • 388 Views • No Comments

    The results of a European Pew Research opinion survey among 8 nations reminded me of a dysfunctional family. As you look at the tables below from the Pew Report, you might think of Germany as the successful sibling, Greece as the “black sheep,”......  [read more]