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Explain business to an innumerate child.

I'm working on a novel (yeah, yeah) in which the bad guys are, among other things, a couple of rival business-criminal assholes. I know nearly zero about business, finance, and politics, and I don't want to talk about these folks in ways that show me to be the faffy prancing buffoon I really am. [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Like Gleick is to Information Theory, X is to Social Choice Theory

What are some great, accessible books that would allow me to learn more about social choice theory without having to become an economist? I am thinking something along the likes of James Gleick's "popular science" Information Theory book, but for social choice theory. [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Car insurance estimate without having to enter SSN.. see inside

Greetings. 16 year old daughter is completing an assignment for Economics and she needs an insurance quote for a 22 year old female who lives in a smallish city (Baltimore) for a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. She was gonna enter her SSN in an insurance site and say she is 22. I told her (for obvious reasons) no... but we can't find a site which will give us a quote without one. Suggestions?
posted by brownrd on Mar 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Economics 101: How to read national accounts

I'm trying to reconcile two numbers from the same national statistical agency. I'm looking for a dummy's guide for what defines the difference between the two numbers and how to use one to estimate the other. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Oct 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Activist filter: What is the cause with the most leverage/greatest need?

One day I googled "what is the most effective way to help the world" and found a link that told me to "identify a cause with lots of leverage".
posted by defmute on Oct 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Deficit? We don't need no steenking deficit!

Why can't the US Government just mint 17 of the trillion dollar coins and be done with it, and just pay off the whole deficit in one go? [more inside]
posted by humpy on Jun 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Essay on fantasy fiction, economics and trade

Many years ago I read an essay that was pretty critical of the way so much fantasy fiction could not build believable societies with plausible economic underpinnings. The author was fairly concise and snarky, arguing that (I'm paraphrasing here) she could suspend disbelief about dragons and magic, but that she couldn't slog her way through a book where not the least bit of thought had been given to how all these characters and their associates could make a living, grow or acquire food, and otherwise acquire money and engage in trade. I think it was an essay by Joanna Russ in Fantasy & Science Fiction in the 70s, when she had a regular book review column there, but I could be conflating like mad.
posted by maudlin on May 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Middle of What?

How have sociologists and/or economists historically defined or measured "middle class" in the United States or the developed world generally? I mean over the last 100-200 years. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Feb 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find and explore the methodological pigeon-hole of my department

Help me to philosophically pigeon-hole what I take to be the methodological views of many professors in my economics department. Then help me to explore that and other pigeon-holes. [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Dec 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Please recommend podcasts about accounting, economics, or finance.

Please recommend podcasts about accounting, economics, or finance. A Canadian focus would be a bonus but not a necessity.
posted by sockpup on Nov 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Wait, what IS economics anyways?

I read this article and I'm fascinated by the effects of current events on how money moves through the world and how money seems to affect other money. I've found a new interest! But, I don't even know what it's called! How can I study this? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Nov 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Richie Rich or O Henry?

How many millionaires are self-made? The commonly repeated statistic, apparently from The Millionaire Next Door, is that only 20% of millionaires came from millionaire upbringings - which is then used to argue that class privilege doesn't really exist in America, and if you only work hard enough... I can slice that argument up easily enough (many of those millionaires are doctors, for instance, who rarely come from underprivileged households). But how many millionaires really are self-made? I can't find a source with data to back it up (other than quotes from that book, which I don't have, and so I don't know if it backs up the claim or not).
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Cheapest bulk smart phones for social science research project.

I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jul 25, 2012 - 7 answers

I mean, they're all just competing for resources, right?

What is the current state of interdisciplinary research between biology and economics? [more inside]
posted by gauche on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Best resources to learn (or relearn) economics and public policy?

I'd like to relearn the fundamentals of economics and public policy. Where should I look for books, videos, and other materials on these topics? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a good breakdown of bandwidth usage by residential vs. commercial and by industry?

Is there a good breakdown of bandwidth usage by residential vs. commercial and by industry? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Dec 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Alternatives to an Economics PhD

I am planning on applying to economics PhD programs for next year, but before I commit I wanted to think about alternatives, especially in light of all the articles lately about how PhD programs and academia in general are a pyramid scheme. What other careers/education might be a less painful way of getting to a job that fits my life goals. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Nov 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Anyone familar with Austrian economics?

Resources for Austrian economics? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

What happens when the Canadian Wheat Board monopsony goes away?

The Canadian Wheat Board's monopsony is being abolished. If I were a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan, what could I expect to see over the next five years? [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Oct 17, 2011 - 9 answers

How do you list "Meaning, Math, And Motion" on your resume?

How should list undergraduate classes with long/unusual names on a resume that I am using for applications to economics PhD programs? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Aug 15, 2011 - 11 answers

a crash course in natural gas

What are the best resources (books, journals, blogs, etc) for becoming highly knowledgeable about the natural gas industry? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

China's economic foreign policy in Africa?

Can you suggest the best, most recent articles that give an overview of China's economic foreign policy in Africa?
posted by paradoxflow on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Hyperdeflation

Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 23, 2011 - 8 answers

The Economics of Scientific Research

What studies and books are there about the economics of scientific research? I'm interested in a few questions including does giving out grants to University based researchers produce more startups and more highly regarded refereed papers than institutions like NIH or CSIRO? The only book I know of that looks at this is the book The Economic Laws of Scientific Research which looks interesting but is also described as a polemic. [more inside]
posted by sien on May 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me understand the way the world works!

I follow politics and current events, especially international politics, fanatically. I know next to nothing about economic systems, philosophy (particularly political philosophy), sociology, and other basics of social science that could be useful when trying to make sense of the world, though. I would like to change this. [more inside]
posted by dcheeno on Apr 13, 2011 - 25 answers

Economics for Dummies

How much does the corporate tax rate really affect jobs? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Feb 28, 2011 - 14 answers

rebuttal for The Spirit Level

Please recommend a good rebuttal to The Spirit Level. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Feb 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What drives ticket site pricing mechanisms?

Do airplane ticket sites (Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc.) increase prices between successive browsing sessions, as well as manipulate prices so that they are in agreement with each other? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 21, 2011 - 19 answers

I need a clarification regarding bonds and rents

Yesterday, Mike Konczal (rortybomb) wrote the following, "The graduating class of 2011 will enter a brutal job market that will hurt its ability to be rewarded for its labor, and thus lead a full life, for at least a decade. A note to these graduates: take comfort that you must “endure” this suffering in order to placate invisible bond vigilantes and protect rentier income." What is the rentier income he is talking about? Is he saying that bond holders, generally, are rentiers?
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes?

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes? I NEED people to pick up their shares. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jan 15, 2011 - 39 answers

Brazilian state budget blowout?

I was reading an article about fiscal responsibility legislation and the author referred to passing to (what I infer) was a spectacular budget blowout or deficit condition in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The article was dated 1996 so whatever it was, it would have been before that. Googling turns up nothing useful. Does anyone know anything about this, or have any pointers to any further resources (in English please)? Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac on Oct 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Statistics on the Alberta Oil Sands

So I'm looking for some hard data on the Alberta Oil Sands: Employment rate, type of employment, demographics, who owns what, etc. I'm finding plenty of opinion pieces, and plenty of environmental assessments, but not much hard data on the economics of it. Does anyone know where to look for this kind of information?
posted by Stagger Lee on Oct 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Marx - Labor Theory of Value

I'm reading Marx's "Capital" Vol. I and I'm looking for a "Dummy's Guide" to his economic theories. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Sep 11, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me find this "skeptic Marxist"

Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on aldaily.com within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
posted by atrazine on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Marijuana Policy Study

I'm going to be starting up a new research agenda on the economics of marijuana policy with an undergraduate student this fall, and I'm looking for materials which can help both me and my student navigate through the legal jungle that is US marijuana policy. I had a few questions. [more inside]
posted by scunning on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I drop this class?

A desperate college student needs your advice, and also needs his homework checked. [more inside]
posted by andrewsa on Jun 27, 2010 - 24 answers

Economics for physicists

Can anyone recommend a book which explains the basics of economic theory in a way accessible to physicists/mathematicians? [more inside]
posted by snoktruix on Apr 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Best books on articles on financial crisis?

What are the best articles and books that thoughtfully look back and analyze the financial crisis so far and its causes?
posted by shivohum on Apr 18, 2010 - 13 answers

large recent increase in airfare?

I last flew in September and the price was 300 bucks for one way non-stop flight. Now, in April, it's 600 dollars for the non-stop, and the cheapest flight has a layover, AND is 80 (380) dollars more. Is there a reason for the large increase in flying costs these past 6 months? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Apr 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Please explain this equasion from a Game Theory lecture

I am watching this yale lecture on game theory and the Nash equilibrium. Please explain why the cost coefficient is exponential. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Feb 11, 2010 - 6 answers

This show taught me about making pro and con lists.

When I was in 4th (maybe 5th) grade, we were shown a series of educational programs where a dude with magical powers helped kids solve everyday problems (what leisure activity is the best? how should I invest my allowance to get what I most desire?) through basic ecnomic principles. What is this show? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 5, 2010 - 8 answers

The economics of classical entertainment

Did ancient greeks pay for their tickets to the theatre? The Romans for their seats at the Circus? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Oct 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Car Rental and Social Capital: Help!

Looking for source of an anecdote about social capital and trust. It involves renting a car: and apparently, in some developing countries (or possibly rural China?) where there are low levels of trust of outsiders, people at first found even the idea of renting a car implausible because they can't see why you would let a stranger drive away with your car or why you would return the car to a stranger you will never see again. [more inside]
posted by Maias on Apr 26, 2009 - 5 answers

How to get a public policy research job in DC?

I'm a recent master's graduate in Applied Economics (Concentration: Community and Economic Development), and I’m looking for a research position with the government or a consulting firm that performs public policy-related research (e.g. The Urban Institute, Brookings, Pew Research Center, etc.). I've had no luck to this point (been looking for about two months), and I'd like some advice. [more inside]
posted by bcredrabbit on Mar 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Where to start on a demography paper?

paper filter: I'm doing a paper on information technology's effect on population growth/migration. Where do I start?! [more inside]
posted by dunderwood on Mar 17, 2009 - 4 answers

What were the social impacts of the lost decade?

What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan? Yes, I know economists are all about growth-growth-growth and if you don't have it you're a failure. But what were the actual impacts on levels of personal happiness and satisfaction? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 26, 2009 - 18 answers

What is the economic success of Dubai attributed to?

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 - 25 answers

Why are there three Thai restaurants on my block?

Why do I often see two, three, even four different Thai restaurants on the same block, sometimes even right next to one another? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on May 19, 2008 - 22 answers

How does new value created by industry and economy become cash?

(Possibly Advanced) Economics Filter: How does new value created by industry and economy become money? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Dec 28, 2007 - 32 answers

Has an economist ever calculated the worth of human life?

Has an economist ever calculated the worth of human life? It would be an added bonus if it s/he had worked out the different value in different parts of the world. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 29, 2006 - 14 answers

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