econlife on ‘Government’

Governments’ spending, taxing and borrowing, fiscal policy has a direct impact on economic activity and growth. Looking at the past and present, econlife focuses on the role of government through fiscal policy.

  • More on the States

    Jan 29, 11 • 110 Views • Government, HouseholdsNo Comments

    You an look that This interactive US map to see what is happening to states’ tax revenue. 4 categories of state funds: general revenue (largest category), federal funding, bonds, restricted state funds (e.g. gas tax for road maintenance) Nelson A....

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    Hot Spotting Medical Care

    Jan 28, 11 • 100 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, Government, Households, Innovation, Labor, Macroeconomic Measurement, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    These are the statistics: 900 people; 4,000 hospital visits; $200 million in medical bills from January 2002 through June 2008. The place is Camden, N.J. where a relatively small number of people were responsible for a huge proportion of the city’s...

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    Who Should Do Drug Research?

    Jan 26, 11 • 92 Views • Economic Debates, Government, Macroeconomic MeasurementNo Comments

    Yes or No? Government should pay for high school education? A court system? Roads? Lighthouses? Drug research? In his blog, Mike Mandel disagrees with spending plans for the National Institutes of Health. As described by the NY Times, a National Center for...

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    In A Good State

    Jan 24, 11 • 136 Views • GovernmentNo Comments

    We know it’s not New York or California. The bottom of the list also includes New Jersey, Arizona, Florida, Nevada and others. These are the states that, having mismanaged spending and taxing, are now facing tough fiscal decisions. Their finances...

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    More Deficit Dilemmas

    Jan 23, 11 • 96 Views • Economic Debates, Government, LaborNo Comments

    We could say that what you solve depends on what you see. When told about ballooning state deficits, people first see big numbers. Their response? Let’s cut spending. According to polls, though, when asked yes or no about cutting specific programs, most...