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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    Smog-Eaters

    Mar 2, 11 • 428 Views • No Comments

    What if someone had invented “smog-eating” concrete roof tiles? And, what if these tiles consumed enough smog to offset one car’s nitrous oxide emissions during one year (10,800 miles of driving)? Telling us that a firm in California has...  [read more]

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    Part 2: The Basics of a Shutdown

    Mar 1, 11 • 250 Views • No Comments

    On Friday, we might have a funding gap. With no up-to-date appropriations, agencies providing nonessential services from the federal government will have to stop. But what is “nonessential?” A recent congressional research paper says we can look...  [read more]

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    Part 1: The Basics of a Shutdown

    Feb 28, 11 • 294 Views • No Comments

    Our story begins on October 1, 2010. With a fiscal year that starts on October 1 and ends on September 30, the first day in October is crucial. Because the President and the Congress had not yet agreed on the 2011 budget, in some way, they had to approve...  [read more]

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    Innovative Challenges

    Feb 25, 11 • 249 Views • No Comments

    Is it likely that, with each new discovery, innovation gets tougher? It might have been easier to identify an asteroid a century ago because the undiscovered ones were very big. It might have been simpler to find a new human organ; the last one, the...  [read more]

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    Cotton Markets

    Feb 23, 11 • 329 Views • No Comments

    On November 10, 2009, the price of 1 pound of cotton was 59.2 cents. A year later it was $1.02 and now, it is close to $1.90. For many of us, the result will be more expensive jeans, more polyester, and smaller buttons. 7 For all Mankind and North Face said...  [read more]