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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    Finding Food Deserts

    Jul 18, 11 • 355 Views • No Comments

    Having just learned that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a food desert website, I am not sure how we should respond. The USDA tells us that in a food desert most low-income households have limited access to a supermarket or grocery store. In the...  [read more]

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    Amazon vs. California

    Jul 17, 11 • 412 Views • No Comments

    According to the Seattle Times, in 1996, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos said, “You have to charge sales tax to customers who live in any state where you have a business presence. It made no sense for us to be in California or New York.”...  [read more]

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    Debt Ceiling 101

    Jul 15, 11 • 379 Views • No Comments

    During the month of August, if the U.S. hits its debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion and the Congress says, “No, you cannot borrow anymore,” then what will happen? During August, the U.S. will have $172B (billion) in federal revenues and $307B in...  [read more]

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    Productivity: Working Weekends

    Jul 12, 11 • 287 Views • No Comments

    Israel has to decide when to have a weekend. The Israeli Sabbath, Friday sunset through Saturday sunset will be a part of it. The second day? Sunday and Friday are possibilities. Knowing that productivity is a major consideration, Israel’s prime...  [read more]

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    Calorie Matters

    Jul 10, 11 • 329 Views • No Comments

    Learning that a Big Mac has 540 calories and a large fries, 500, will people select a salad? According to the Washington Post, “No.” We do not have the will power to avoid long term cost when faced with short term benefit. This takes us to the...  [read more]