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.

  • Gasoline prices add 9/10 at the margin

    A New Name for Price Gouging

    Nov 2, 12 • 734 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday, a friend of mine waited on a gas line for 3 hours to fill his tank. The price was close to normal but the line was not. Hearing about gas lines, I remembered when Boston’s water supply was temporarily undrinkable several years ago and......  [read more]

  • Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan Issues

    Election Economics: Comparing Economic Recoveries

    Oct 29, 12 • 865 Views • No Comments

    Illustrated by this graph from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, sometimes one orange line can create a huge debate. The thick orange line representing the US recovery from the December 2007-June 2009 recession reflects a tepid ascent next to curves that......  [read more]

  • Saving for Retirement

    Seeing the Elderly You

    Oct 27, 12 • 611 Views • No Comments

    More of us are worried about financing retirement. But it’s not the “gloomy boomers” who said three years ago, at 50 or so, that they feared outliving their money. Now, according to Pew Research, the most worried demographic is adults in......  [read more]

  • euro zone map

    A New Greek (Economic) Fuel: Olive Oil

    Oct 26, 12 • 2639 Views • No Comments

    The Greek government needs its newest bailout infusion. But in return, austerity would include (among many other requirements) cutting certain civil servants’ salaries by as much as 35%, raising the retirement age again but this time to 67, and......  [read more]

  • In NYC and China, developers are building smaller apartments.

    Micro-Apartments

    Oct 23, 12 • 1255 Views • No Comments

    An iPad turns on the lights, the shower is a futuristic sounding vertical tube near the door and the bed becomes seating.  Occupying 161 square feet, this Dongguan, China micro-apartment is the size of a US mall parking space. But, at $133 a square foot......  [read more]