Posts Tagged ‘fiscal policy’

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    Social Insecurity

    Apr 3, 10 • 238 Views • 1 Comment

    Is there a “lock box” with surplus social security funds? Sort of.   In 1983,  when we had inadequate funding for the social security program, a commission led by Alan Greenspan suggested extra sources of revenue for a Social...  [read more]

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    No Longer a Sin?

    Mar 28, 10 • 243 Views • No Comments

    Pondering health care reform, I began to wonder whether sin taxes would become Pigovian taxes. A sin tax focuses on the impact of a behavior on an individual. Levied on something that society believes is “bad” for a person, a sin tax...  [read more]

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    The Tip of the Iceberg?

    Mar 26, 10 • 226 Views • No Comments

    Growth or a safety net? Thinking at the margin, an increasing number of European policy makers are debating a change. The result is a classic economic dilemma. Unemployment and medical insurance, pensions, licensing protections, and job guarantees can...  [read more]

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    Mandate Broccoli?

    Mar 17, 10 • 259 Views • No Comments

    What if there was a miracle food that helped fight colds, prevent cancer, heart disease, and cataracts, and fostered healthy bones? According to several non-medical web sites, there is one. It’s broccoli. And what if another...  [read more]

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    Euro Matters

    Mar 9, 10 • 254 Views • No Comments

    Said to have been one of the least-prepared countries to transition to euro cash, Greece was an original participant in the euro launch on January 1, 2002.  In the first major euro robbery, in Athens, a gunman ran off with 76,000 euros...  [read more]