Could I get an explanation (as free of political bias and buy-gold-and-ammo hysterics as possible) of how the unraveling of the Euro would go down, how such an unraveling would affect the rich and poor nations of the EU, and what economic impact it would have on the US economy?
posted by dw
on Dec 3, 2011 -
Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
posted by curuinor
on Jul 23, 2011 -
Reading about the current fiscal hullaballo, the idea of "Modern Monetary Theory" keeps popping up. I get the basic gist of it but I was hoping to learn more. Will you explain Modern Monetary Theory, aka Neo-Chartalism, to me? [more inside]
posted by daniel striped tiger
on Feb 20, 2011 -
The US states are massively in debt, and public-sector layoffs are causing unemployment to stay high, even while the private sector recovers.
The Federal Reserve can create dollars from nothing, and at the moment inflation is apparently a minor concern compared to deflation.
What would happen if the Federal Reserve assumed much or all of the debt of the states? They could pay off the debts ex nihilo
at a speed of their choosing, while allowing the states to create or save jobs. They could also simply grant money to those states that have relatively little debt. Does anything like this happen, and should it? [Not an economist]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on Sep 14, 2010 -
Is it better, environmentally speaking, to buy a physical CD for £6 and have it mailed to me, or to buy a digital copy for £7? [more inside]
posted by mstillwell
on Nov 30, 2009 -
As a former scientist, help me gain some faith in economics. What were the great successes of economics as a tool for making better decisions in the last 100 years? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Jun 23, 2009 -
I read the Wikipedia article on Dubai itself, but am still confused as to exactly how businesses such as a hotel located in the country can afford to do things like put on a larger fireworks show than the opening ceremony of the Olympics
A friend of mine with Republican/Libertarian leanings told me they do not charge any form of taxes and that is why business has boomed there, but I am a bit dubious about this answer.
I know they use a lot of borderline slave labor to build, but there has to be more than that too.
posted by idyllhands
on Nov 24, 2008 -
I've been meaning to switch from a large national (US) bank to a small local one for about a month now. Is it a good time or a bad time? [more inside]
posted by danb
on Sep 26, 2008 -
Surviving the Economic Crisis: What practical things can the "Average Joe" do to prepare for an economic meltdown?
posted by boots77
on Sep 21, 2008 -
Bill Hicks said, in one of his acts, and I quote "It's gonna fuck up the economy... the economy thats fake anyway!" Is the economy fake? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 2, 2008 -
(Possibly Advanced) Economics Filter:
How does new value created by industry and economy become money? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel
on Dec 28, 2007 -
If cities (or the pressure on city services) grow faster than the wealth held by individuals grows, how does the bottom not fall out given that municipal growth is largely funded by taxes? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you
on Oct 22, 2007 -
Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
posted by Arcaz Ino
on Nov 21, 2006 -
A very good friend of mine had her cellular telephone stolen the other day, and by the time she noticed this and reported the theft to T-Mobile, the thief had made many hundreds of dollars worth of calls to a foreign nation. After many calls back and forth, T-Mobile says they are doing her a great favor by waiving 25% of the costs but she is responsible for the rest. Is this right? Why would they treat a supposedly valued customer of several years this way? The T-Mobile reps tell her there is no appeal process or ombudsman; does anyone know if this is really true?
posted by luriete
on Jun 26, 2005 -
I am looking for a resource, preferably online, that will give me historical real estate sales data for a particular city. Ideally I would like to see the average sales price by month from the year 1974 until the present. Any ideas?
posted by tirebouchon
on Dec 18, 2004 -
Can anyone point me to a nonpartisan economic study of tax cuts, the theory behind their effects on the economy, and the history of the economic effects of pre-21st century tax cuts?
posted by blakewest
on Mar 26, 2004 -