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Econ201 Posts

From Big Think Chief Economist Daniel Altman: the economic knowledge you need to navigate a volatile world.

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The Nuisance of Nudging

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over 1 year ago

When is a nudge a nuisance? Thanks in large part to the work of Richard Thaler, an economist at the University of Chicago, the science of "nudging" - getting people to make choices based on how their options are presented - has become all the rage in business and government.  Nudging is nothing new ...

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We Can End Poverty, So Why Don't We?

Poverty
almost 2 years ago

Almost everyone agrees that poverty is not a good thing.  Almost everyone would like to end poverty.  Almost everyone would benefit from ending poverty.  So why don't we?  To find out, let's look at the problem through the lens of game theory.  In every political cycle, our leaders face a choice ...

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Econ 201: Everything You Need to Know about Gold

Gold
almost 2 years ago

Gold is in fashion these days thanks to uncertainty in the global economy and worries that the United States and other countries will devalue their debts through inflation. Gold is valuable, and it almost always has been. Ron Paul, the Congressman and presidential candidate, has even suggested ...

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A New Measure of Development: Well-being

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almost 2 years ago

What's the best measure of progress in the global economy?  Even economists aren't satisfied with gross domestic product and incomes anymore.  Now we also want to know how happy people are and how much they feel they can realize their potential.  These are the right goals for economic policy, but ...

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State Capitalists Can't Have It Both Ways

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almost 2 years ago

With the European Union mired in crisis and the United States struggling to recover, it's easy to conclude that capitalist democracies' engines of economic growth have run out of steam.  While their elected politicians make myopic decisions to score political points, state capitalist leaders like ...

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It's Time To End This Greek Tragedy

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almost 2 years ago

Sometimes it's better to do something - anything - rather than nothing at all.  That's the lesson of the old parable of Buridan's ass, where the poor animal is faced with two haystacks and, unable to decide which is bigger, dies of hunger.  It's just as applicable today to the crisis in the euro ...

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The Fourth Era of Financial Markets

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almost 2 years ago

Are the financial markets rational?  It's a tough claim to make as share prices and bond yields zoom up and down during a single day, hour, or even second, sometimes without any obvious reasons.  Yet for the first time in human history, the markets may be approaching the ideal of rationality that ...

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Your Choice: Work Longer or Die Younger

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about 2 years ago

How about this for an argument to raise the retirement age: If you don't keep working, your community could die off.  That's the threat posed by an intersection of biology and economics which could finally make some famous two-hundred-year-old predictions come true.  As the world's population grows ...