Posts Tagged ‘economic growth’

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    Health and GDP

    Apr 28, 11 • 251 Views • No Comments

    We are taller, healthier, heavier, and living longer. In 1790, a typical Frenchman weighed 110 pounds. Now, the scale says 170. That 60-pound difference relates to a lot more than food. According to a new book from Nobel prize winning economist Robert Fogel...  [read more]

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    Aspirational Pecans

    Apr 20, 11 • 255 Views • No Comments

    Our story starts with the walnut. Loved in China, and always cheaper than pecans, during 2007, suddenly, the walnut became relatively expensive. Following the law of demand, Chinese consumers bought fewer walnuts and more pecans. And that was when they...  [read more]

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    Disaster Economics

    Mar 19, 11 • 235 Views • No Comments

    Assume an economy has been steadily growing. Then a natural disaster strikes, maybe a hurricane, an earthquake, or a tsunami. How is growth affected? While conclusions differ slightly, the consensus indicates that after 5 years and sometimes much sooner,...  [read more]

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    What is Best For Growth?

    Mar 3, 11 • 175 Views • No Comments

    What if the Congress decides to slash spending by $60 billion right now? Prominent economists are again disagreeing. According to Stanford economist John Taylor, we would have a resurgence of business confidence, renewed investment spending and new jobs....  [read more]

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    Good and Bad Capitalism

    Feb 22, 11 • 279 Views • No Comments

    If you are trying to figure out the economics of the Middle East, I recommend starting with Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism. One of the book’s 4 different kinds of capitalism, oligarchic capitalism, provides a good “slot” for grouping most...  [read more]