Posts Tagged ‘cost benefit analysis’

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    Frozen Jeans

    Nov 4, 11 • 287 Views • No Comments

    Being a responsible citizen of the earth might mean freezing your jeans. According to Levi’s, one pair of jeans, from its inception in the cotton field to its demise in the recycling bin, uses over 900 gallons of water. To reduce the climate change...  [read more]

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    Giving and Getting Gifts

    Nov 29, 10 • 268 Views • No Comments

    With the holiday season beginning, we should consider the economics of gift giving. Let’s start with University of Pennsylvania Professor Joel Waldfogel who focused on receiving gifts. Then, through Duke’s Dan Ariely, we can look at how to give...  [read more]

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    The Price System: Pelicans, Professors, and Murders

    Oct 26, 10 • 299 Views • No Comments

    Is a pelican worth $500? What is the value of a college professor? What does a murder cost us? Sometimes it’s tough to get a price. We know that BP owes money for wildlife lost on devastated wetlands. But how much? USA Today tells us that 2263...  [read more]

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    A One-Handed Economist?

    Mar 20, 10 • 230 Views • No Comments

    Let’s not look at CDOs, SIVs, ARMs, TIPs or ATMs. Nor do we need specifically to consider credit default swaps, securitization, hedge funds or venture capital. Instead, we can go to the question that Robert Litan asks at the end of his 47 page Brookings...  [read more]