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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    African Developments

    Apr 8, 12 • 420 Views • No Comments

    In Malawi, when local newspapers referred to the president as “the big kahuna,” his office threatened a jail sentence if they did not stop. This threat and subsequent events take us straight to Why Nations Fail. Malawi is a small sliver shaped......  [read more]

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    Pasty Tax Issues

    Apr 3, 12 • 432 Views • No Comments

    The UK’s pasty (PASS-tee) tax battle is a good story. But, moving beyond the humor, it has considerable significance. First the story: Taxing the pasty has created a major flap in the UK. The pasty looks like meat in a pastry pouch, high in fat, maybe......  [read more]

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    Should Supreme Court Justices Know Economics?

    Apr 1, 12 • 321 Views • No Comments

    Just some thoughts today about economics and the Supreme Court. Listening to Tuesday’s oral arguments,  I became concerned about some economic basics. Markets and insurance were key ideas. However, no one defined a market and insurance was initially......  [read more]

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    A Low (Safety) Grade For a New Jersey Roadway

    Mar 31, 12 • 497 Views • No Comments

    I have to admit that the Pulaski Skyway terrifies me. Driving across it, I always remember the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed during rush hour in 2007. The Pulaski Skyway is an 80-year-old rickety looking structure. A sister to the Minneapolis bridge, the......  [read more]

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    Tacos Meet Helicopters

    Mar 27, 12 • 411 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Hunger strikes. You desperately scan Main Street for any sign of your favorite food: tacos. There’s nothing in sight and your handy UrbanSpoon iPhone app has failed miserably in finding restaurants that serve food from......  [read more]