Posts Tagged ‘OECD’

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    Do You Like the GDP?

    Nov 28, 12 • 304 Views • No Comments

    Having just come across the “Better Life Index,” I started thinking about Ed Koch, a former mayor of NYC who often asked everyone, “How am I doing?” Here are some thoughts about how to measure how well we are doing. The GDP:...  [read more]

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    Do You Agree With French Taxes?

    Aug 9, 12 • 317 Views • No Comments

    Talking about taxes, economists like to quote Louis XIV’s finance minister: “The art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.” We have been hearing a...  [read more]

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    Who Does the Housework?

    Apr 19, 11 • 270 Views • No Comments

    Who makes dinner in your home? Walks the dog? Goes to the supermarket? A study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) compared unpaid work in 29 countries. Predictably, they concluded that women do a lot more than men. But,...  [read more]

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    A Big VAT

    Nov 14, 10 • 313 Views • No Comments

    Dating back to the 18th century, the Chinese vase that a brother and sister found “in a dusty attic” sold for $69.5 million at a London auction. The NY Times called it a “treasure-in-the-attic” story. For us economists, it is a VAT...  [read more]

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    Obesity Concerns

    Sep 25, 10 • 269 Views • No Comments

    The new vending machine at a Mason, Ohio high school only sells carrots. At 50 cents a bag, “they are selling like hotcakes”. Is it because the baby carrot video ads are amazing or that no other vending machine works during school hours? This...  [read more]