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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    What is Best For Growth?

    Mar 3, 11 • 72 Views • Businesses, Economic Debates, Households, Macroeconomic Measurement, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    What if the Congress decides to slash spending by $60 billion right now? Prominent economists are again disagreeing. According to Stanford economist John Taylor, we would have a resurgence of business confidence, renewed investment spending and new jobs....

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    Smog-Eaters

    Mar 2, 11 • 147 Views • Economic Debates, Environment, Government, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    What if someone had invented “smog-eating” concrete roof tiles? And, what if these tiles consumed enough smog to offset one car’s nitrous oxide emissions during one year (10,800 miles of driving)? Telling us that a firm in California has...

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    Part 2: The Basics of a Shutdown

    Mar 1, 11 • 93 Views • Government, RegulationNo Comments

    On Friday, we might have a funding gap. With no up-to-date appropriations, agencies providing nonessential services from the federal government will have to stop. But what is “nonessential?” A recent congressional research paper says we can look...

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    Part 1: The Basics of a Shutdown

    Feb 28, 11 • 120 Views • Economic Debates, Government, RegulationNo Comments

    Our story begins on October 1, 2010. With a fiscal year that starts on October 1 and ends on September 30, the first day in October is crucial. Because the President and the Congress had not yet agreed on the 2011 budget, in some way, they had to approve...

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    Innovative Challenges

    Feb 25, 11 • 82 Views • Businesses, Economic Debates, Government, Innovation, Labor, Macroeconomic Measurement, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Is it likely that, with each new discovery, innovation gets tougher? It might have been easier to identify an asteroid a century ago because the undiscovered ones were very big. It might have been simpler to find a new human organ; the last one, the...