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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    Healthy Incentives

    Oct 24, 10 • 113 Views • Behavioral Economics, Businesses, Macroeconomic Measurement, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    What happens in a school cafeteria when apples are placed in bowls rather than on a metallic pan? Sales more than double. Require trays? Students eat 21% more salads. Call corn “creamy” and more people ask for it. As displayed by the NY Times...

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    Mobile Home Ceilings

    Oct 22, 10 • 111 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    When the Ukiah California City Council said yes to rent stabilization for a local mobile home park, senior citizens said, “Thank you.” In NYC, 50% of all housing in Manhattan is rent regulated. Sixty years ago, concerned that the middle class...

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    Closed Professions

    Oct 17, 10 • 109 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    If you are a Greek pharmacist, you are guaranteed a 35% profit on the drugs that you sell, your store can be no closer than 820 feet from another pharmacy, and you probably paid close to $400,000 for a business license. Called “closed professions”...

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    Soda Wars

    Oct 8, 10 • 120 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, RegulationNo Comments

    In “the soda wars,” who is fighting whom? Past news articles refer to state legislative attempts to tax sugary soft drinks. Now, a NY Times article focuses on how New York City is trying to bar use of food stamps for sugary soft drinks. The...

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    Traffic and the Economy

    Oct 6, 10 • 93 Views • Households, Innovation, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Sometimes policies for economic growth can be found in the most surprising places. Seeing a new paper on peak hour travel started me thinking about the amount of time we spend commuting. And commuting took me to economic growth. If you have to commute,...