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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    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,...

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    Health Care Insight

    Oct 4, 10 • 116 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Government, Households, Macroeconomic Measurement, RegulationNo Comments

    Perhaps it all began when President Lyndon Johnson called Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Wilbur, I’ve just been looking through the polls here, and I’ve only got a few weaknesses, and the worst of them is that...

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    Incentive Matters

    Sep 30, 10 • 144 Views • Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Economics always seems to relate to incentives. Whether looking at demand and supply, or health care policy, or international trade, always we can return to how incentives shape our behavior. This takes me to several good incentive stories. An op-ed in the...

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    V.O.D. Wars

    Sep 27, 10 • 113 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    Usually, for an average of 120 days, theaters have an exclusive right to show a movie. Then, for about $4.99 we can use video-on-demand to see it on television. It sounds simple but so much more is happening. It all relates to competition. The first step was...