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.

  • jobs...16865_9.1_000009319445XSmall

    More Polarization

    Jul 6, 12 • 489 Views • No Comments

    On Apple’s website, they say that they are responsible for creating 514,000 jobs. Apple cites 304,000 jobs in transportation, manufacturing and engineering that directly and indirectly relate to Apple design, production and distribution. Beyond, they......  [read more]

  • Fruit cranberries drink

    New Soda War Battles

    Jul 3, 12 • 522 Views • No Comments

    “It’s worth fighting for. . . . This is about our economy, it’s about jobs, it’s also about our traditions and our values.” The speaker was John Kerrey and the topic was the cranberry. Worried that sugary beverage limitations could move far beyond......  [read more]

  • Affecting the cost of animal feed and lowering the amount of milk from cows, the drought is pushing up milk prices.

    Are You a Follower?

    Jul 2, 12 • 721 Views • No Comments

    This sign in Arizona’s Petrified Forest was having little impact: “Your heritage is being vandalized every day by theft losses of petrified wood of 14 tons a year, mostly a small piece at a time.” However, after some sign experimentation,......  [read more]

  • airlines industry...airplanes.16825_3.15a_000002547262XSmall

    Your Airfare and Airline Profits

    Jul 1, 12 • 860 Views • No Comments

    What does your airline ticket pay for? In order of size, these represent the expenses for a US Airways flight according to WSJ journalist Scott McCartney: Fuel (close to 30%) Salaries (maybe 20%) Buying and leasing planes (16%) Federal taxes (14%) Total......  [read more]

  • Tomatoes

    Tomatoes, Health Care and Unintended Consequences

    Jun 30, 12 • 322 Views • No Comments

    Trying to make pretty tomatoes, plant breeders inadvertently created a tasteless fruit. It all started 70 years ago with a gene mutation that evenly ripened tomatoes. Seeing the commercial potential of uniformly colored bright red tomatoes, growers bred the......  [read more]