Posts Tagged ‘deficit’

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    Growth Stories

    Nov 20, 10 • 104 Views • Economic History, Government, Innovation, Macroeconomic Measurement1 Comment

    Height is about more than how tall you are. When affluence grows, so too do people. Why? Height seems to correspond to economic growth.  Connecting height and economic growth, a wonderful New Yorker article from 2004 tells us that Americans grew taller...

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    Deficit Denial

    Nov 16, 10 • 116 Views • Economic Debates, Government, Macroeconomic Measurement, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    According to 96% of the participants in a CBS News poll on the deficit, “We really don’t care.” Jobs were #1 and health care #2 with the deficit far behind. According to Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein, that is why “the...

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    Economic Growth

    Jul 19, 10 • 124 Views • Economic Debates, Economic Thinkers, Government, Macroeconomic MeasurementNo Comments

    Did someone once say, where you look determines what you see? For evaluating the impact of federal spending, perhaps that is the problem. Some economists emphasize the connection between federal spending and the change in GDP (national production)....

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    A Federal Workers Cost Cutting Contest

    Jul 10, 10 • 92 Views • GovernmentNo Comments

    Last year’s winning idea for the second annual federal worker’s cost cutting contest (SAVE) was from A Department of Veterans Affairs employee. Scheduled for the fiscal 2012 budget, the suggestion will save a projected $14.5 million by 2014 by...

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    Will the US Postal Service Think Outside the Box?

    Jul 9, 10 • 78 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, GovernmentNo Comments

    Do you care about Saturday mail delivery? Amazon does. Hallmark does. Catalog companies and and mail service pharmacies do. By contrast, Netflix has said it could accept the elimination of Saturday mail. Trying to decide what to do about the huge financial...