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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    Energy Policy Decisions

    Mar 21, 11 • 311 Views • No Comments

    Comparing the safety of nuclear power, oil, and coal, Slate columnist William Saletan helps us make some energy policy decisions. His focus is fatalities. In the oil supply chain, from 1969-2000, he cites 20,000 deaths. For coal, the number is 15,000...  [read more]

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    Would You Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

    Mar 10, 11 • 206 Views • No Comments

    I am not sure what a giant salt cave is and cannot quite imagine 727 million barrels of oil. But, put them together and you have our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  Concerned with supply disruptions after an OPEC embargo during the 1970s, Congress...  [read more]

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    Bikes-For-Hire and the British Coastline

    Mar 8, 11 • 279 Views • No Comments

    London’s new bikes-for-hire program is about more than bikes. Launched this summer, the program had to solve a mismatch between supply and demand. In certain places there were too few bikes for the number of people who wanted them. In other spots, the...  [read more]

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    Oil Dilemmas

    Mar 4, 11 • 298 Views • No Comments

    The good news? We are driving more again–more miles than any year since 2007. The bad news? We are driving more again–more miles than any year since 2007.. Here are the facts from a WSJ article. With the recession and higher gas prices,...  [read more]

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    What is Best For Growth?

    Mar 3, 11 • 212 Views • No Comments

    What if the Congress decides to slash spending by $60 billion right now? Prominent economists are again disagreeing. According to Stanford economist John Taylor, we would have a resurgence of business confidence, renewed investment spending and new jobs....  [read more]