Economics

Gary Becker Helped Invent the Economics of Everything
May 05, 2014

He transformed a discipline that had been tied to traditional topics, like business cycles, international trade, and money supply, into an intellectual field without boundaries.

America's 10 Richest Universities Match These Countries' GDPs
April 30, 2014

Matching the top 10 endowments with 10 countries' GDPs.

Republicans Love Big Business So Much, They Forget About Reducing the Deficit
April 30, 2014

$378 billion for big business? No offset required!

We've Been Worrying About the Wrong Deficit
April 30, 2014

It's the trade deficit that we should be worrying about.

Piketty's Global Wealth Tax Isn't Happening. Here Are Five Politically Realistic Ideas Instead.
April 29, 2014

From expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to reforming our intellectual property law system, these five ideas have bipartisan support and would reduce income inequality.

The Conservative Crusade Against Crony Capitalism Turns Out to Be Another Crusade Against the Safety Net
April 29, 2014

All of a sudden, Thomas Piketty has allies in the fight against "crony capitalism."

Local Governments Have Cut a Staggering Number of Teachers Lately. It Didn't Have to Be That Way.
April 29, 2014

The federal government could have made sure steep cuts to education didn't take place and helped the economy at the same time.

Some Conservatives Say Income Inequality Is a Good Thing. The Evidence Suggests Otherwise.
April 29, 2014

Thomas Piketty has highlighted “the central contradiction of capitalism.” Some on the right don't see the problem.

The Real Reason Conservatives Oppose Renewing Unemployment Insurance
They don't want to spend the money
April 28, 2014

They're placing an insurmountable level of proof on the liberal position.

You Have to Smoke E-Cigarettes for This Many Days Before Saving Money Over Tobacco
April 24, 2014

E-cigarettes have high up-front costs, but are cheaper in the long run.

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