Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

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    Tomatoes, Health Care and Unintended Consequences

    Jun 30, 12 • 212 Views • No Comments

    Trying to make pretty tomatoes, plant breeders inadvertently created a tasteless fruit. It all started 70 years ago with a gene mutation that evenly ripened tomatoes. Seeing the commercial potential of uniformly colored bright red tomatoes, growers bred the...  [read more]

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    Aging Benefits

    Apr 26, 12 • 405 Views • No Comments

    When you combine better health care with generous pensions you get (choose one): happy retirees happy politicians insufficiently funded national pension programs the eurozone the United States other   To select an answer let’s begin with 1935. Just...  [read more]

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    Pasty Tax Issues

    Apr 3, 12 • 330 Views • No Comments

    The UK’s pasty (PASS-tee) tax battle is a good story. But, moving beyond the humor, it has considerable significance. First the story: Taxing the pasty has created a major flap in the UK. The pasty looks like meat in a pastry pouch, high in fat, maybe...  [read more]

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    Unusual Economic Indicators

    Mar 18, 12 • 447 Views • No Comments

    If you see women in long skirts at “sit-down” restaurants, then the economy is probably expanding. Since 1926 when the hemline index was first expressed, economists have assumed that hemlines fall if the economy contracts and rise during...  [read more]

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    Unconventional Jobs

    Mar 14, 12 • 301 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Repairing the US employment situation will prove a long battle. As you read yesterday, at current growth rates, it could take eight years for American employment to fully recover. Out of this labor morass, an unusual employment...  [read more]