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.

  • Inventions that Fuel Economic Growth

    Health Care and Steamboats

    Jun 4, 11 • 333 Views • No Comments

    Health care and steamboats are related. The link is the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Hoping to promote a single national economy, the framers of the Constitution said that the Congress has the power to, “regulate Commerce with foreign nations...  [read more]

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    Road Building Results

    May 29, 11 • 289 Views • No Comments

    If extra road mileage is built, would you predict more or less traffic? The WSJ tells us that more roads led to additional driving from local residents, commercial traffic and people moving to the area. Public transportation did not influence driving...  [read more]

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    Too Big To Fail

    May 25, 11 • 291 Views • No Comments

    The HBO documentary, “Too Big To Fail” was excellent. But what to come away with? TBTF (Too Big To Fail) solves problems and it creates them. TBTF can reverse a confidence crisis. When the world is worried that the failure of a large bank will...  [read more]

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    The Real Cost of a Car

    May 23, 11 • 275 Views • No Comments

    To see how much a car costs, just add up the purchase price, insurance, gas and a yearly service. Yes? According to one group of researchers, a car that is driven 100,000 miles costs $19,000 more than you might think. The $19,000 relates to external costs....  [read more]

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    Will Power and Wealth

    May 22, 11 • 323 Views • No Comments

    Observing young children, scientists believe they can predict certain adult outcomes. One classic study from the 1960s involved delayed gratification.  A child and a single marshmallow were left in a room. The child could have one marshmallow now or two...  [read more]