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.

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    Who Should Do Drug Research?

    Jan 26, 11 • 94 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 • 140 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 • 104 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...

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    A Broccoli Mandate?

    Jan 21, 11 • 116 Views • Economic Debates, Economic History, Government, RegulationNo Comments

    For one federal district judge, deciding whether parts of the new health care reform law are constitutional relates to, “What is economic?” Our story begins with a court hearing in Florida on December 16. States opposing the health care reform law...

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    Pay-As-You-Throw

    Jan 19, 11 • 114 Views • Economic Debates, Environment, Government, Households, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Hearing Beethoven’s Fur Elise, a Taiwan resident knows the garbage truck is near. As described by a Washington Post writer, entire neighborhoods assemble with their garbage as the truck approaches. Called pay-as-you-throw (PAYT), through unit-pricing,...