Posts Tagged ‘supply’

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    The Housing Dilemma

    Sep 9, 10 • 232 Views • 5 Comments

    Is it time for shock therapy? Since the housing bubble popped, from tax credits to mortgage modification programs, government has tried to support housing prices. The goal was to provide support and diminish foreclosures until the market stabilized. With...  [read more]

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    Kidney Markets?

    Sep 8, 10 • 504 Views • 3 Comments

    What should we be able to buy and sell? Alcohol? Land? People? Body Parts? In a Teaching Company lecture on organ transplants, Wake Forest economist Robert Whaples says that the answers depend on the market’s boundaries. And, he soon adds, those...  [read more]

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    A Chocolate Squeeze

    Jul 26, 10 • 280 Views • No Comments

    One person might have purchased enough cocoa to make 5 billion chocolate bars. And, he is not even in the candy making business. Instead, he is doing what financial speculators have tried to do for centuries. He is trying to corner a market. The man is...  [read more]

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    Lessons for a Rainy Day

    May 20, 10 • 237 Views • No Comments

    Last Tuesday was a bad day for most umbrellas. In New York City, it poured, it was windy, and most umbrellas were flipping out, blowing sidewards, and doing everything except what they were supposed to do.  It makes sense that someone should have...  [read more]

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    A Demand and Supply Lesson

    May 17, 10 • 263 Views • No Comments

    A recent NPR report on the changing status of marijuana in California is also a supply and demand story. The story begins in 1983 when the Reagan administration sought to decimate pot production in California. As a result, supply would have decreased because...  [read more]