Posts Tagged ‘supply’

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    Kidney Markets?

    Sep 8, 10 • 143 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Regulation, Thinking Economically3 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...

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    A Chocolate Squeeze

    Jul 26, 10 • 114 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Financial MarketsNo 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...

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    Lessons for a Rainy Day

    May 20, 10 • 90 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and Markets, International Trade and FinanceNo 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...

  • Marijuana legalization is about demand, supply, market structure and cost benefit analysis.

    A Demand and Supply Lesson

    May 17, 10 • 98 Views • Businesses, Demand, Supply, and MarketsNo 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...

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    A Water Dilemma

    May 8, 10 • 132 Views • Demand, Supply, and MarketsNo Comments

    Last week, the Boston area had undrinkable water for several days. Predictably, bottled water sales soared as did bottled water prices in certain stores.  Equally predictably, politicians condemned the increases. Most economists, though, disagreed....