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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    Fried Chicken Wings

    Jul 30, 11 • 536 Views • No Comments

    When the NFL lockout ended, dry cleaners, ticket-takers and souvenir sellers rejoiced. But not chickens. According to the National Chicken Council, on Super Bowl Sunday 2011, we consumed 1.25 billion chicken wings. Joe Sanderson, CEO of the 4th largest......  [read more]

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    The Power of the Market: Part 2

    Jul 28, 11 • 350 Views • No Comments

    World oil demand has hit a new high. But not from everyone. Called the “New World” and “Old World” by economist Ed Yardeni, you can see through his graphs, the divide in world oil demand. China, India, Brazil and other emerging......  [read more]

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    The Power of the Market: Part 1

    Jul 27, 11 • 572 Views • No Comments

    Maybe the market is more powerful than the Congress. First, some history… Hoping that farmers would earn a living wage, in 1933, the U.S. government decided to subsidize crop prices. The goal was “parity,” a level of purchasing power that......  [read more]

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    Interesting Debt Facts

    Jul 26, 11 • 378 Views • No Comments

    1. China and the Social Security Trust Funds have more in common than you would expect. The public has purchased $9 trillion of U.S. debt. China holds $1.1 trillion of the publicly held total. The U.S. government bought $4.6 trillion of its own debt. The......  [read more]

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    Can the USPS Deliver?

    Jul 25, 11 • 467 Views • No Comments

    You’ve got mail? Maybe not on Saturday. As explained in a Teaching Company lecture (#28), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces competition from UPS and FedEx, from email, faxes, and texts. Their salaries average 30% higher than the private sector, they......  [read more]