Posts Tagged ‘economic growth’

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    Innovation and Jobs

    Oct 26, 11 • 2982 Views • No Comments

    Just say, “More productivity, R & D and economies of scale,” and you are talking about large firms. New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki reminds us that too often we glorify small businesses and forget how A&P, Walmart and their......  [read more]

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    Pooches and Prosperity

    Sep 18, 11 • 384 Views • No Comments

    In Latin America, with Brazil #1, being middle class means owning a dog. According to the Economist, more dogs mean more pet food, “knick-knacks,” and veterinary care. Based on pet food sales, the Latin American dog to cat ratio is 6 to 1. (In......  [read more]

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    Healthcare and Baumol’s Disease

    Sep 11, 11 • 465 Views • 1 Comment

    Asked why healthcare is relatively expensive while cell phones are not, you could answer, “Baumol’s Disease.” Described by New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki, to play Mozart’s String Quartet in G minor in 1787 and now, we need 2......  [read more]

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    Patent Troll Protection

    Aug 17, 11 • 470 Views • No Comments

    We spray “OFF!” for insect protection, divers use shark repellent, and now, Google has purchased Motorola to resist patent trolls. Described in an NPR This American Life podcast, patent trolls purchase multiple patents with the intent of suing any......  [read more]

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    Debt Compromises

    Jul 23, 11 • 447 Views • No Comments

    This story is about a country that had massive debt. A recent war had been expensive and the economy had big problems. Still though, powerful political leaders opposed the solution that the Secretary of the Treasury proposed. Yes, the country is the United......  [read more]