Thinking Economically

Much more than money, economics is about tradeoffs. Thinking economically involves cost and benefit, marginal analysis and seeing that there is no free lunch. Econlife tries to convey the perspective that is the foundation of economics that helps people make decisions personally, professionally and as voters.

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    Money and Happiness

    Jun 8, 10 • 302 Views • No Comments

    Does money buy happiness? A 2006 report from the Pew Research Center said yes and no. If we compare income groups, the answer is yes. Almost 50% of people earning more than $100,000 annually said they were happy. However, as income levels dropped, so too did...  [read more]

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    Social Contagion

    Jun 6, 10 • 343 Views • No Comments

    If unemployment creates unhappiness, then will people be less unhappy if their friends are also unemployed? According to a recent IMF paper, not only are people less unhappy when they and their friends are unemployed, but also, they then tend to be jobless...  [read more]

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    Economic Freedom

    May 29, 10 • 379 Views • No Comments

    Composed of 179 countries, the Index of Economic Freedom ranks France 64 and the United States 8. At the top of the list, with the more free economies and the lowest numbers, are Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia while North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Cuba...  [read more]

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    Costly Legislation

    May 28, 10 • 297 Views • No Comments

    Looking at a recent NY Times article, whose title was, “Cost of Jobs Bill Leaves Some Democrats Leery,” I wondered whether the author realized just how many costs his discussion involved. If passed, the bill would extend jobless pay, provide...  [read more]

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    The Ant or the Grasshopper?

    May 27, 10 • 379 Views • No Comments

    “What a silly little ant you are,” said the grasshopper in The Ant and the Grasshopper. “Forget about work…Enjoy the summer!” But all day, everyday, grain by grain, the ant continued to gather and store her wheat. When...  [read more]