Posts Tagged ‘fiscal policy’

  • Retailers slow down escalators for the elderly.

    Growing Old in Japan

    Nov 27, 12 • 847 Views • No Comments

    If people over 60 are your biggest spenders, then how do retailers respond? For starters, they slow down the escalators. In Japan, with people over 60 doing 44 percent of the spending, and with those over 65, 23.3% of the entire population, merchants are...  [read more]

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    Greek Privatization Progress

    Nov 20, 12 • 282 Views • No Comments

    Will international creditors say yes again to Greece after today’s meeting in Brussels? Part of the deal involves selling or leasing whatever the Greek government owns. The proceeds reduce the debt and meanwhile, by building roads and business parks,...  [read more]

  • The Congress and the Deficit

    Solving Our Economic Problems

    Jul 29, 12 • 208 Views • No Comments

    Having experienced an economic calamity, don’t we just need to figure out how to prevent it from happening again? Yes…but that might be impossible. MIT economist Andrew Lo read 21 books on the financial crisis. 11 were from academics, 10 from...  [read more]

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    What is the Fiscal Cliff?

    Jul 11, 12 • 197 Views • No Comments

    The fiscal cliff is composed of 8 tax and spending events. Permitting all to occur might be the equivalent of jumping over the edge in an economic dive. Tax Increases Bush era tax cuts: expire 2010-2011 2% payroll tax cut: expires Affordable Care Act taxes:...  [read more]

  • Industries afflicted with Baumol's Disease have slower productivity growth.

    How Sick is Medicare?

    May 28, 12 • 267 Views • 1 Comment

    Perhaps it all began when President Lyndon Johnson called Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Wilbur, I’ve just been looking through the polls here, and I’ve only got a few weaknesses, and the worst of them is that I’m not...  [read more]