econlife on ‘Regulation’

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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    Song Rights

    Aug 20, 11 • 113 Views • Businesses, Innovation, Labor, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    When do we own what we create? It depends. For Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, hit albums controlled by record companies might soon become theirs again. During the mid-1970s, the Congress decided that after 35 years, a musician could regain the copyright...

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    Patent Troll Protection

    Aug 17, 11 • 115 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, Innovation, Labor, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    We spray “OFF!” for insect protection, divers use shark repellent, and now, Google has purchased Motorola to resist patent trolls. Described in an NPR This American Life podcast, patent trolls purchase multiple patents with the intent of suing any...

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    Too Big To Fail

    Aug 15, 11 • 110 Views • Businesses, Money and Monetary Policy, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Imagine for a moment that you are the CEO of a large bank. Offered the opportunity to participate in a risky business deal, you say, “Yes.” If the venture succeeds, you benefit. If it fails and threatens your bank’s survival, the government...

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    Sole Rights?

    Aug 12, 11 • 114 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, Innovation, Regulation2 Comments

    Suddenly, a red sole has become much more than the bottom of a shoe. The trademark of designer Christian Louboutin, his red soles are supposed to represent glamour, luxury and hidden status. Or, as stated by Mr. Louboutin, “A shoe has so much more to...

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    The Cost of Keeping a Team

    Aug 10, 11 • 94 Views • Businesses, Government, Labor, RegulationNo Comments

    To keep a team, sometimes the stadium makes the difference. The problem, though, is who is going to pay. For the San Diego Chargers, the price tag would be an $800 million sports facility with the city absorbing 65% of the total. On a November 2012 ballot,...