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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    Low Costs and Big Benefits for Spirit Airlines

    May 13, 12 • 861 Views • No Comments

    Spirit Airlines is doing everything it can to charge us less for a seat on one of its planes. One gentleman paid $77 for a round trip seat between Chicago and Fort Lauderdale. Just the seat. How much more could he have paid? You might want to try matching......  [read more]

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    JPMorgan Chase and Financial Innovation

    May 11, 12 • 670 Views • No Comments

    In Boca Raton, Florida, during the early 1990s, a group of JP Morgan bankers gathered for an “offsite” weekend. Have some fun, get some sun, do some brainstorming. They had hoped to create a new product. And they did. Their new product involved......  [read more]

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    Aspirin for the Euro Zone?

    May 8, 12 • 466 Views • No Comments

    Tomorrow is Euro Day and it reminds me of aspirin. On May 9, 62 years ago, the French foreign minister proposed a limited economic partnership with West Germany. By the time the treaty was signed in 1951, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Italy had......  [read more]

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    Tea Leaves…Then Returns

    May 7, 12 • 448 Views • No Comments

    The Indian economy is slowing down. Maybe it’s all about the ease of doing business. Ranked #132 out of 183 countries in the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business Index,” India has a lot of red tape. Just starting a business involves 12......  [read more]

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    The Magic of 49

    May 6, 12 • 640 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes, one employee makes a huge difference. In France, one extra worker can mean that a firm needs to create worker councils, establish profit sharing, and report to employee representatives when firing people for economic reasons. BUT…that worker......  [read more]