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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    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 • 142 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 • 112 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...

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    Obesity Concerns

    Sep 25, 10 • 125 Views • Economic Debates, Government, RegulationNo Comments

    The new vending machine at a Mason, Ohio high school only sells carrots. At 50 cents a bag, “they are selling like hotcakes”. Is it because the baby carrot video ads are amazing or that no other vending machine works during school hours? This...

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    Should We Miss Larry Summers?

    Sep 24, 10 • 106 Views • Economic Debates, Economic Thinkers, Government, Macroeconomic Measurement, Money and Monetary Policy, RegulationNo Comments

    As you know, Larry Summers, chair of the National Economic Council, former president of Harvard, former Treasury Secretary, former chief economist at the World Bank, and Harvard professor, is leaving the Obama economic team. But what did he bring? You might...