Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

  • Everyday Economics: Because water is not a public good, neither Ireland nor Detroit need provide it without charging.

    Should Water Be Free?

    Nov 13, 14 • 271 Views • No Comments

    Although protestors in Detroit and Ireland say water is a human right, economists, citing a definition of a public good and a tornado alarm, would disagree. ...  [read more]

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    Who Works the Hardest in the Euro Zone?

    Sep 30, 12 • 318 Views • No Comments

    I just discovered a surprising statistic. In the euro zone, judged by hours per week, the Germans are not nearly the hardest workers. Instead Greece, with an average of 42.1 hours is close to the top of the list. By contrast, for 2011, the average German...  [read more]

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    Euro-Zone Rates

    Jun 17, 11 • 305 Views • No Comments

    Please match each of the following countries with its unemployment rate and borrowing rate: Countries: Germany, Greece, Ireland; and the U.S. and the U.K. Unemployment rates: 9.1%, 7.7%, 7%, 15.9%, 14.8% 2-year bond rates: .5%, 4.5%, 1.75%, 29.69%, 12.95% The...  [read more]

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    A Debt Tour

    Feb 20, 11 • 297 Views • No Comments

    Calling it “financial disaster travel journalism,” author Michael Lewis (The Blind Side and The Big Short) takes us to Iceland, Ireland, and Greece in 3 Vanity Fair articles that are wonderful. Comparing Iceland to Ireland, he tells us, “But...  [read more]

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    More of a Contagious Disease

    Nov 23, 10 • 238 Views • No Comments

    From FT.com: “The Irish say they are not Greece. The Portuguese say they are not Irish. The Spanish finance minister said last week that Spain is not Portugal. There are no prizes for guessing what Italy is not.” Also, This BBC article does a good...  [read more]