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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    Stormy Issues

    Sep 1, 11 • 350 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]

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    On Time Again

    Aug 31, 11 • 391 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever thought about the difference that a clock makes? Described in The Geography of Time, a pre-clock world meant you could not say, “I will meet you at 12:30 for lunch” or “Your workday is 9-5.” By the 1820s, though,......  [read more]

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    Health Care (Transaction) Costs

    Aug 22, 11 • 506 Views • No Comments

    One of the first parts of the new health care plan to be implemented, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) surprised its administrators.  North Carolina was ready for a “stampede” but initially only 674 people joined. Nationally,......  [read more]

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    Song Rights

    Aug 20, 11 • 393 Views • No Comments

    When do we own what we create? It depends. For Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, hit albums controlled by record companies might soon become theirs again. During the mid-1970s, the Congress decided that after 35 years, a musician could regain the copyright......  [read more]

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    Patent Troll Protection

    Aug 17, 11 • 394 Views • No Comments

    We spray “OFF!” for insect protection, divers use shark repellent, and now, Google has purchased Motorola to resist patent trolls. Described in an NPR This American Life podcast, patent trolls purchase multiple patents with the intent of suing any......  [read more]